Michael McCaul

  • Bill to create cyber incident response teams at DHS passes House

    Texas Rep. Michael McCaul’s bill would create groups of cyber first responders in the event of a cyber attack on the government or private sector.

  • Tillerson to reshuffle State Dept. cyber offices, but GOP lawmakers have other plans

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has announced his plans for another restructuring within the State Department’s cybersecurity offices, but lawmakers are pushing back and moving forward with a bill they say would better structure the agency.

  • More robust personnel oversight could be solution to Border Patrol termination problem

    Policy experts say CBP needs to implement major border patrol discipline and performance improvements before increasing its workforce.

  • St. Elizabeths DHS consolidation plan: Where do we go from here?

    DHS’ headquarters consolidation project is bleeding money, behind schedule and doing anything but bringing components together.

  • Cummings, Warren ask for GAO study of ‘chaotic’ Trump transition

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked the Government Accountability Office to review potential conflicts of interest, possible violations of security protocol and issues of transparency and logistics of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition. Meanwhile, two other lawmakers are once again raising concerns about the potential for political appointees to “burrow in” to career positions.

  • DHS has 50 agencies, private companies on its cyber information sharing network

    Nearly one year after Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, agencies say they’re still looking for more buy-in from from more private sector companies to share and receive cyber threat indicator information with them. Meanwhile, the Justice Department, FBI and Homeland Security Department are trying to perfect their own information sharing practices as an incentive for companies to partner with them.

  • House lawmaker to suggest reforms to DHS structure, oversight

    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce new recommendations for reforming and reorganizing DHS. The report is intended as a series of suggestions for the next administration. McCaul also said he will introduce a plan to consolidate the 100 congressional committees that have jurisdiction and oversight on the department.

  • House urges better information sharing under cyber law

    The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has been in effect for six months, but Congress and the Homeland Security Department say tweaks are needed to encourage more information sharing from industry.

  • New DHS terror alert system arriving in wake of attacks

    DHS plans to release a new terror alert system after its previous system failed to keep citizens informed of threats.

  • House committee advances bill to create DHS insider threat program

    The House Committee on Homeland Security favorably recommended more than a dozen bills aimed at strengthening national security and improving management and oversight within DHS.