- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- senate Committees
- The house Passed July 28th, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
House Committee on Oversight and Government ReformHouse Committee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedDecember 3rd, 2013
- house Committees
What is it?
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.
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.
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 healthcare.gov 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.”
Media:Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MICH) Press Release
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