122 House Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill to Set Security Standards for HealthCare.gov, Other Fed Websites

More than half the Republicans in the House have co-sponsored legislation designed to protect users of federal websites from hacking and identity theft. It’s in response to security concerns about everyone’s favorite federally run website, HealthCare.gov, and mandates more oversight to guard users’ information across the federal government’s systems.

“The White House acted recklessly and put the personal information of Americans at risk,” said Representative Kerry Bentivolio (R., Mich.), who introduced the legislation, in a statement. “HealthCare.gov may also have compromised dozens of other federal agencies and their systems because it taps into numerous other federal websites. People looking to buy health insurance want to be assured that the site is safe to use. This problem cannot be taken lightly.”

The legislation would require that federal websites that collect personal information are certified as secure by the Government Accountability Office before going live. It also gives Healthcare.gov 30 days to meet the standard or be taken offline.

Matt Chisholm, a spokesperson for Bentivolio, tells NRO that the congressman is optimistic about the legislation’s prospects in the House — it now has 122 co-sponsors.

“We are currently speaking with Chairman Issa about the bill and working on it with him,” Chisholm says, adding that the legislation has more co-sponsors than any other bill introduced by a freshman Republican in the 113th Congress.

Congressional Democrats have defended the adequacy of HealthCare.gov’s existing security measures, but others have worried that it doesn’t do enough to protect users’ data and could be a bonanza for hackers and identity thieves. David Kennedy, CEO of information-security consultancy TrustedSec, told members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee that the site’s security actually got worse in the months following its launch.

”The website is not getting any better,” he said, according to PC World. “TrustedSec’s opinion still holds strong that the website fails to meet even basic security practices for protecting sensitive information of individuals and does not provide adequate levels of protection for the website itself.”

Most Popular


Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More