House Leaders Vow to Review Data Security

Posted October 30, 2009 at 8:05pm

House leaders announced late Friday night that the chamber will review its data security policies, one day after the leak of an ethics committee document revealing investigations of more than 30 lawmakers.

The Washington Post reported Thursday night it had received a confidential committee report composed in July detailing ongoing investigations by both the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The report was inadvertently leaked by a junior committee aide who was using file-sharing software on a home computer, the Post reported.

“In response to a recent data breach associated with the use of peer to peer applications on a non-House computer, we have directed the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer’s (CAO) Information Security Department to perform an immediate and comprehensive assessment of the policies and procedures for handling sensitive data,— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Friday.

“CAO Information Security Policy prohibits the use of peer-to-peer applications on House Computers,— the statement continued. “We are working diligently to provide the highest level of data security for the House in order to ensure that the operations of House offices are secure from unauthorized access.—