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Commerce Announces Markup on December 13

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Hart 216 to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.

Bipartisan NTSB Reauthorization Aims to Modernize and Enhance Transparency

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced S. 2202, the National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act. The legislation reauthorizes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at an average level of $113.4 million through fiscal year 2023 and offers several key reforms to modernize and improve transparency in the safety agency’s investigations, recommendations, and board member discussions.

Committee Announces Hearing To Examine National Ocean Policy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the state of the National Ocean Policy and the program’s interaction with existing laws and regulations for ocean management. 

Witnesses:

    - Ms. Bonnie Brady, Executive Director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association  
    - Mr. Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    - Mr. Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance 
    - Ms. Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse named for Sidney O. Smith Jr.

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
Today U.S. Representative Doug Collins joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. District Court at a ceremony to name the Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for former District Judge Sidney O. Smith, Jr. The ceremony, held at the courthouse in Judge Smith’s former courtroom, marked the official naming of the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Rep. Collins, who sponsored the legislation naming the building (H.R.4618), offered remarks, as did GSA Acting Regional Administrator, Liana Henry, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with former colleagues of Judge Smith. The program concluded with an unveiling of the signage bearing the new name and comments by Judge Smith’s son Sidney Oslin Smith III.

GSA, Congressman Collins and the Northern District of Georgia host dedication ceremony to name Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for Sidney O. Smith Jr.

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
Today U.S. Representative Doug Collins joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. District Court at a ceremony to name the Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for former District Judge Sidney O. Smith, Jr. The ceremony, held at the courthouse in Judge Smith’s former courtroom, marked the official naming of the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Rep. Collins, who sponsored the legislation naming the building (H.R.4618), offered remarks, as did GSA Acting Regional Administrator, Liana Henry, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with former colleagues of Judge Smith. The program concluded with an unveiling of the signage bearing the new name and comments by Judge Smith’s son Sidney Oslin Smith III.

GSA and U.S. Courts celebrate 100th anniversary of the federal courthouse in Lawton, Oklahoma

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
GSA and U.S. Courts celebrate 100th anniversary of the federal courthouse in Lawton, OklahomaLAWTON, Oklahoma - Today, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. District Court for the We

La GSA y la CBP presentan la ceremonia de inicio de construcción del nuevo anexo para procesamiento de peatone

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
La Garita de San Luis I procesa anualmente 2,5 millones de peatones que cruzan la frontera​PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA7 de noviembre de 2017         SAN LUIS, Arizona -- La Administración de Servicios

GSA, CBP Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Pedestrian Processing Annex

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
San Luis I Port Supports 2.5 Million Annual Pedestrian Border Crossings.

Committee Announces Hearing to Examine the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.

Witnesses:

    - Dr. Cindy Bethel, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
    - Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    - Ms. Victoria Espinel, Chief Executive Officer, The Software Alliance
    - Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

New U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles Named Project of the Year

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
Recognized for Excellence in Construction ManagementFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 20, 2017SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that the new U.S. Courthouse i

GSA’s Next Generation of Alliant is Here

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
November 20, 201761 Companies Awarded Spots on “Best-in-Class” Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract for IT servicesWASHINGTON, D.C.-- Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) anno

Former Army Reserve Center Hits GSA Auction Block

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
For immediate release – November 13, 2017CHICAGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the former Army Reserve Center in Harvey, Ill., will be sold through a public auction in an

Thune Statement on Repeal of Flawed Train Brake Rule

"I applaud the department’s new leadership for reacting appropriately to the findings of independent experts and fixing a mistake.”

Hyperconverged Cloud Infrastructure Solution Now Available on GSA’s IT Schedule 70

GSA news releases - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:12pm
November 17, 2017Nutanix Innovative Enterprise Cloud Platform Added to Carahsoft Contract in Support FITARA and Data Optimization Initiatives  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administrati

GSA Announces New Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

GSA news releases - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:12pm
November 30, 2017​WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on the efforts underway to modernize technology within the federal government, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced 10 new Presi

GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization Hosts Successful Event for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

GSA news releases - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:12pm
November 9, 2017​More than 80 veterans took part in GSA’s Veteran-to-Veteran Coaching Event  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Small Business Utilization

Senate Commerce Dems Renew Push to Notify Consumers of Data Breaches

WASHINGTON – Three key members of the Senate Commerce Committee filed legislation Thursday that requires companies to quickly notify consumers of data breaches and imposes new criminal penalties for corporate personnel who deliberately conceal breaches.  

The renewed push for congressional action comes on the heels of Uber’s disclosure last week that it concealed from drivers and customers a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million accounts. 

The legislation, sponsored by the committee’s ranking member, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), would require companies to notify consumers of data breaches within 30 days and make it a crime punishable by as much as five years in prison for knowingly concealing them, among other things.  

“We need a strong federal law in place to hold companies truly accountable for failing to safeguard data or inform consumers when that info has been stolen by hackers,” said Nelson.  “Congress can either take action now to pass this long overdue bill or continue to kowtow to special interests who stand in the way of this commonsense proposal.  When it comes to doing what’s best for consumers, the choice is clear.”

“Only stiffer enforcement and stringent penalties will make sure companies are properly and promptly notifying consumers when their data has been compromised,” said Blumenthal.  “Uber’s stunning announcement of a data breach – made public a year after the fact – is yet another example of corporate carelessness in the face of a cyber intrusions that put their customers and employees’ personal and financial information at risk.  American consumers simply deserve better.  Our legislation will give the FTC real teeth to hold accountable businesses that refuse to implement reasonable security practices.”

“The recent data breaches, from Uber to Equifax, will have profound, long-lasting impacts on the integrity of many Americans’ identities and finances, and it is simply unacceptable that millions of them may still not know that they are at risk, nor understand what they can and should do to help limit the potential damage,” said Baldwin.  “At a recent Commerce Committee hearing, I asked Equifax executives point blank if they were going to notify every single American affected by the massive data breach that their personal information was hacked.  I did not get a straight answer and that’s not acceptable.  The Senate needs to take action to hold these companies accountable and require them to notify affected consumers when their personal information has been breached. This legislation will make sure we are doing right by consumers.”

In addition to requiring companies to warn consumers of breaches and imposing jail time for keeping them secret, the legislation also directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop security standards to help businesses protect consumers' personal and financial data and provide incentives to businesses who adopt new technologies that make consumer data unusable or unreadable if stolen during a breach.

Nelson and Blumenthal introduced a similar bill in the Senate last year.  

Click here for a copy of the measure the lawmakers filed today.

 

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