Senators Want DHS to Thwart Federal Data Breaches

Collins and Warner speak just before their press conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Should the Department of Homeland Security be able to protect taxpayers' information on the IRS website without asking for permission?  

A bipartisan coalition of senators says yes, and they're pushing legislation that would give the Homeland Security secretary powers to detect intrusions on .gov domains and take steps similar to what the National Security Agency can do with the Pentagon.  

Katherine Archuleta Resigns as OPM Director (Updated)

Katherine Archuleta resigned less than a day after saying she wouldn't. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:17 p.m. | Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday as director of the Office of Personnel Management, one day after disclosing that tens of millions of OPM accounts had been hacked — far more than initially disclosed.  

Her resignation, accepted by the president, takes effect at the end of the day, and comes after she insisted she would not resign. "Archuleta made clear to the president that she believed it was best for her to step aside and allow new leadership that would enable the agency to move beyond the current challenges and allow the employees at OPM to continue their important work," a White House official said. "This includes responding to the recent breaches affecting personal information and improving the OPM systems to mitigate risks in the future."  

Ron Johnson Lacks Standing in Obamacare Lawsuit, DOJ Contends

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Obama administration lawyers want a federal judge in Wisconsin to throw out a lawsuit filed by GOP Sen. Ron Johnson contending that employer contributions for staff health benefits run afoul of the law.  

The Justice Department argued in a court filing earlier this week that Johnson and his staff lack standing to challenge the Office of Personnel Management rule on the issue for several reasons, including because they cannot demonstrate harm from the way the OPM interpreted the Obamacare statute.