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house Bill H.R. 3635

Avoiding Another Fiasco

Argument in favor

Federal websites that store user information have to be secure, otherwise they are taken offline.

Argument opposed

Shouldn't this already be a priority when the government launches websites?

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 28th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedDecember 3rd, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3635?

This bill would ensure that the federal government can't launch new websites that don't adequately protect user's personal data. It would also require that existing government websites prove their security. If a website can't meet safety standards, the government has to take it offline until it's fixed.


People who use federal websites that require personal information.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3635

$500.00 Thousand
CBO estimates that this bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget, but certifying the safety of federal websites could cost around $500,000 over the next five years.

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In Depth:

This legislation would apply to federal websites that collect or store personally identifiable information, like social security or tax identification numbers.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MICH) introduced this bill in response to the disastrous launch of in late 2013.  In support of his bill, Bentivolio noted:
"In its haste to implement Obamacare, the White House has acted with reckless disregard when it comes to protecting the public from hackers. With this website, they have jeopardized not only the personal information of users attempting to obtain health insurance, but also potentially compromised dozens of other federal agencies and their systems.”


Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MICH) Press Release

The Hill

(Photo credit: HuffPost)


Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2014

Official Title

To ensure the functionality and security of new Federal websites that collect personally identifiable information, and for other purposes.

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