Homeland Security Committee to Hold Hearings on Cybersecurity of Personal Data on Healthcare.gov; Security Clearance Process

Nov 12, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Oversight of DHS Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee will hold the following hearings tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Cyber Side-Effects: How Secure is the Personal Information Entered into the Flawed Healthcare.gov?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Soraya Correa, Associate Director, Enterprise Services Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Mr. Luke Chung, President, FMS, Inc.
  • Mr. Waylon Krush, Chief Executive Officer, Lunarline, Inc.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “Healthcare.gov’s flaws aren’t merely about trying to access the site, there are larger issues yet to be resolved. Americans are entering their most sensitive personal data into the website and now the same people who told us the system would work are telling us it is secure. As Americans start to submit their personal information, we must examine how safe that information is once it’s placed on Healthcare.gov, the federal healthcare exchanges and the Datahub.

“While DHS is charged with securing these, and all .gov entities, the lack of the Department’s involvement further highlights the poor planning, design and implementation of Obamacare. This hearing will look at what DHS has done to secure Healthcare.gov, as well as DHS’s other role in Obamacare - verifying the immigration status of applicants. Before Americans are forced to enter their personal information into a flawed website, they should be reassured that it won’t be compromised.”

WEDNESDAY, November 13 at 2 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

The Insider Threat to Homeland Security: Examining Our Nation’s Security Clearance Processes

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Ms. Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Military and DOD Civilian Personnel Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Gregory Marshall, Chief Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Brian Prioletti, Assistant Director, Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of Director of National Intelligence
  • Mr. Merton W. Miller, Associate Director of Investigations, Federal Investigative Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Subcommittee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) on the hearing: "Appalling events over recent years involving trusted individuals who have damaged national security or committed tragic acts of violence has put a spotlight on the need for reforms and rigorous oversight over the security clearance process. It is vital that more is done to identify potential insider threats. The Department of Homeland Security has approximately 70,000 employees with a security clearance and this hearing will review the quality of the investigative and adjudicative process, as well as other insider threat detection programs."

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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