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White House Blasted For Delay In Cyber Plan

March 10, 2011

A Senate Democrat attacked the Obama administration for holding up passage of cybersecurity legislation that has been subjected to a more than yearlong interagency review process, Nextgov.com reported.

At a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., secured a commitment from the Homeland Security Department secretary, under oath, to provide him with a near-term deadline for finishing negotiations.

"We need input from the executive branch to sort out the differences between the different committees," he said at the Senate Judiciary Committee session. "There's no point in sorting it out if we don't know where the executive branch is going to stand. . . . We're kind of on hold now, waiting."

The chairmen of the multiple Senate committees with jurisdiction over computer security have signaled they want to pass a comprehensive bill that would address 10 elements of cyberspace, among them the security of government networks; private sector incentives to protect commercial networks; safeguards against online identity theft; and law enforcement authorities to investigate cyber crimes. To read more, click here.

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