Hearings

Nov 17, 2015

U.S. Department of Education: Information Security Review

TAKEAWAYS: • The Department of Education (DoEd) has at least 139 million unique social security numbers in its Central Processing System (CPS). • Reminiscent of OPM’s dangerous behavior, DoEd is not heeding repeat warnings from the Inspector General (IG) that their information systems are vulnerable to security threats. o In the IG’s latest report, there were 6 repeat findings and 10 repeat recommendations. o The Department scored NEGATIVE 14% on the OMB ...

Nov 5, 2015

Iran’s Power Projection Capability

  PURPOSE: • To examine Iran’s capability to project power by reviewing Iran’s military arsenal, financing, training, and arming of proxy groups in the region. • To expose how those capabilities may advance as a result of increased funding from sanctions relief. • To seek answers to critical questions about how the U.S. should be prepared to defend national security interests in the Middle East and at home against Iran’s advancement in power projection as ...

Nov 4, 2015

The Federal Information Technology Reform Act’s (FITARA) Role in Reducing IT Acquisition Risk, Part II – Measuring Agencies’ FITARA Implementation

PURPOSE: • To assess how Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation is progressing across federal agencies in four key areas: o Data center consolidation o IT portfolio review savings o Incremental development o Risk assessment transparency. BACKGROUND: • On June 10th, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s 2015 designation of IT acquisition as high ...

Nov 3, 2015

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Will the Technology be Ready?

PURPOSE: • To examine the Census Bureau’s (Bureau) progress in preparation for the 2020 census. • To discuss the challenges facing IT development and other operational issues with relevant personnel from the Bureau, the Commerce Department, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. BACKGROUND: • In preparation for the 2020 census, the Bureau released its operational plan on October 6, 2015. This report illustrates the ...

Nov 3, 2015

TSA: Security Gaps

PURPOSE: • To explore with the agency’s new leadership the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) challenges and planned responses. • To provide members an open dialogue with TSA to discuss potential solutions to gaps ...

Oct 28, 2015

Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism

PURPOSE: • To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken in order to mitigate the rise of terror via social media. BACKGROUND: • In recent years, terrorist organizations have attempted to control their image, attract new recruits, and inspire “lone wolf” attacks through the use of social media, including disseminating images of graphic violence. • Terrorists’ use of social media is resonating ...

Oct 27, 2015

VA and DoD IT: Electronic Health Records Interoperability

PURPOSE: • To examine the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) information technology with an emphasis on the departments’ efforts to develop and implement an interoperable electronic health record (EHR). BACKGROUND: • The 2008 NDAA directed DOD and VA to jointly develop and implement a “fully interoperable” EHR, creating an Interagency Program Office to facilitate and coordinate the Departments’ ...

Oct 21, 2015

Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices

PURPOSE: To examine issues related to law enforcement’s use of devices that simulate cell phone towers and allow law enforcement to obtain location information for particular suspects. To examine both the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)new policies governing the use of such ...

Oct 21, 2015

Secure Credentials Issued by the Government Publishing Office

  PURPOSE: To examine the impact of the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) role in building secure identity documents for federal government agencies, its exemption from Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as a legislative entity, and whether competitive acquisition is necessary to ensure that federal identity documents safeguard national security. To give industry experts an opportunity to provide an overview of radio frequency identification ...

Sep 30, 2015

Status of Toll Interoperability

PURPOSE: To determine the status of national tolling interoperability. To identify what remains to be done in order to develop, implement, and operate a national tolling system – as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). BACKGROUND: Enacted in 2012, MAP-21 made significant changes to the tolling provisions that reinforce the encouragement of high-occupancy toll ...