Jan 26, 2016

The Data Breach You Haven’t Heard About

A security breach recently discovered at software developer Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that foreign hackers have been reading the encrypted communications of U.S. government agencies for the past three years. Yet compared with the uproar over the Office of Personnel Management breach, first disclosed last June, this recent breach has gone largely unnoticed. On Dec. 17 the California-based Juniper Networks announced ...

Jan 21, 2016

Why visa overstays are a grave national security threat

Fifteen years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States government still has little idea how many foreign travelers overstay their visas annually and remain in the U.S. This, despite the fact that two September 11hijackers, Satam al-Suqami and Nawaf al-Hazmi, overstayed their visas before carrying out the deadly attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead. Two other 9/11 hijackers had also previously overstayed their visas. Foreign travelers overstaying their visas to ...

Jan 13, 2016

Executive Abuse and Overreach Cannot Continue

After listening to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, I came away with this question: What does a president do when he thinks he is right and the people he governs are wrong? He issues executive orders and actions instead of working ...

Nov 25, 2015

Demanding transparency from the ‘most transparent administration in history’

President Obama famously pledged on the 2008 campaign trail to have the "most transparent administration in history." Seven years in, that commitment has led to little more than flowery language on whitehouse.gov. The Obama administration has an abysmal record on openness to the press and the American people. Nowhere is it worse than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS currently boasts the largest backlog of any federal agency and, since the ...

Oct 21, 2015

Agenda should fix problems, prioritize Americans

Over the past month many of you have heard about the circus in Washington. I am just as frustrated as you that some folks in D.C. are more focused on inside the beltway politics rather than doing what is best for the American people. But this is my promise to you: No matter who is in leadership in the House, I will remain focused on my job – representing the people in the 23rd Congressional ...

Oct 22, 2015

It’s time for legislators to work together for cybersecurity

The Internet has caused society to evolve. It has changed how we learn, communicate, and buy and sell goods. With emerging industries that are now offering connected cars, smart homes, cloud storage and artificial intelligence, we are changing the basics of how we live our daily lives and structure our society. As members of Congress in the digital age, it is essential that we understand technology issues and prioritize cybersecurity, both in the public and private sector.  In a world where ...

Sep 30, 2015

The breach we could have avoided

The worst data breach in American history compromised the sensitive, personally identifiable information of 21.5 million Americans. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) attack was the result of negligence, inadequate cybersecurity measures, mismanagement of IT budgets over decades, poor data management and incompetent leadership that, unfortunately, remain in place today. The significance of the breach cannot be overstated. Social Security numbers and health, financial, employment and ...

Sep 8, 2015

EPA’s toxic environment: Sexual harassment running rampant

A young, female research fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inappropriately hugged, touched, grabbed and even kissed by a male EPA employee almost three times her age. Assaulted on a near daily basis with lewd and suggestive verbal comments, she dreads going to the office each day. Another 21-year old female intern reports being sexually harassed by an EPA official who has victimized at least sixteen other women throughout his 31-year career. Listening to these stories, ...

Jul 12, 2015

Pull the plug on the Ex-Im Bank: Opposing view

"I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program, just because it's there. Like … the Export-Import Bank that's become little more than a fund for corporate welfare." These are 

Jul 25, 2015

Cleaning Up the Federal Cyber Debacle

America’s digital infrastructure is under constant attack. I know this not only from reading the news, but also from spending nine years as an undercover CIA officer and four years as a senior adviser with FusionX, the cybersecurity firm where I worked before being elected to Congress. The U.S.’s adversaries are constantly trying to steal its private-sector innovations and military and intelligence secrets. The recent theft of millions of federal-employee personnel records from the Office ...