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Rob Margetta


Rob Margetta is Editor of CQ Homeland Security. He has served as a homeland reporter for CQ since 2007, focusing on congressional action, the federal budget, border security and immigration, air travel and aviation security, disaster relief and maritime affairs and the Coast Guard. He has also done in-depth reporting on homeland security science and technology and the security industry that has developed in the years since 9/11.

Prior to joining CQ, he worked as a crime reporter in at the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His previous experience includes working as a reporter at the Providence Journal.

A Massachusetts native, he received a BA from The College of William and Mary and an MSL from Georgetown Law.

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Stories by Rob Margetta:

Data Breach Response May Be Limited to Notification

March 12, 2014

In the aftermath of major hacking attacks at retail giants Target and Neiman Marcus, lawmakers have been searching for a way to move forward on data security legislation and seem to have arrived on one area of limited bipartisan consensus ó creating a federal standard requiring companies to disclose data breaches.

Security Secrets Create Hurdles for Lawmakers

Feb. 5, 2014

While lawmakers this week were looking to get to the bottom of the recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus and possibly craft legislation to respond to those attacks, they were faced with a stark reality from the investigations: They and the public wonít be getting solid answers anytime soon.

Retailers Push Back on Proposed Banking Legislation Following Massive Data Security Breaches

Feb. 5, 2014

Retailers including Target and Neiman Marcus made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, testifying at three daysí worth of hearings with the dual mission of apologizing for recent large-scale data breaches and discouraging any new regulatory legislation.

Congress Considers the Balancing Act Between Security and Privacy

Jan. 15, 2014

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowdenís disclosures about the agencyís surveillance programs have left Congress stuck between two hugely influential groups: a technology industry thatís long been unhappy about forced cooperation with intelligence operations and an intelligence community that says the work is vital to national security.

Telecoms Will Publish Online Privacy Reports

Jan. 15, 2014

Thanks to federal restrictions, technology companies and communications providers largely have their hands tied when it comes to providing the public with information about how much customer data they turn over to intelligence agencies.

Napolitano Departure in Fall Likely to Add Wrinkle to Immigration Overhaul Efforts

July 12, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoís decision to leave the Cabinet this fall means President Barack Obama will have to find a replacement just as deliberations over an immigration overhaul may reach their peak.

Clash Over NSA Spy Programs on Capitol Hill

June 13, 2013

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials fiercely defended the Obama administrationís sweeping surveillance programs on Capitol Hill Thursday, emphasizing their legality, their record of success in thwarting terrorist attacks and the many opportunities lawmakers have had over the years to alter the programs that some are now criticizing as too intrusive.

OMG: Mikulski Responds to Tweets at Cybersecurity Hearing

June 12, 2013

In the Twitter age, apparently lawmakers donít even need to wrap up their hearings before responding to news reports they donít like, as BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray discovered Wednesday.

Smaller Crowds May Ease Security Problems

Jan. 17, 2013

Organizers of President Barack Obamaís second inauguration say theyíve made changes in security and logistics that should prevent some of the problems seen in 2008, but the size of the crowd, expected to be vastly smaller than four years ago, could be the biggest factor that determines how smoothly things run.

Rogers Insists Cybersecurity Bill Not Dead Yet

Dec. 14, 2012

Lawmakers concluded weeks ago that the possibility of passing a cybersecurity bill this session is gone, finished, dead and buried. Except it might not be, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Friday.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAM Act Emerge in Second Debate

Oct. 17, 2012

Immigration policy, a background issue for much of the presidential campaign, played a significant role in Tuesday nightís presidential debate, with both President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney going on the offensive.




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