House Energy and Commerce Committee

  • Former Undersecretary says cap-and-trade bill is problematic

    By Emily Jarvis Internet Editor Lawmakers are debating a cap-and-trade system designed to put more limits on the pollution emitted by companies. The cap-and-trade system would be aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, as…

  • NIH faces economic strains in 2011

    NIH director Dr. Francis Collins testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health yesterday that the immediate future could be difficult because of poor economic conditions and stimulus funds running dry.

  • Now on Google street view: The homes of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

    The folks from the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog are going after Google for taking ”Street View” photos of the homes 19 members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which happens to be the congressional overseers of much of Google’s business.

  • NIH director voices concerns about sequestration

    National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Health shared concern about effects of potential sequestration on the agency, specifically in the area of funding grants.

  • GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

    Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

  • DoE restructures management offices to cut waste, improve security

    The Department of Energy detailed to House lawmakers Wednesday its plans to create a new undersecretary for management and performance and expand its undersecretary of science office.

  • contractors point fingers at CMS for site bottlenecks

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee called representatives from four contractors — including prime contractor CGI Federal — to the committee to investigate the bumpy launch of the health care website. Contractors responsible for key parts of the website told lawmakers that the federal government was responsible for comprehensively testing the site and that a late decision to require logging into the system before browsing for insurance plans created bottlenecks that crippled the site.

  • Emily Kopp: Your agency’s CISO might wind up in the legal office instead of the IT shop

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee proposes moving the Chief Information Security Officer’s job at the Department of Health and Human Services. A report from Republicans on the committee suggests moving the CISO job from the IT shop to the legal counsel’s office. Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp explains why the legislators believe the agency would be better off with the CISO reporting to lawyers instead of IT experts.

  • John Teeter: Change of scenery for your CISO might lead to better cybersecurity

    A cyber breach at the Food and Drug Administration back in 2013 — and hacks against other Health and Human Services Department components — could have been stopped if the department’s chief information officer and chief information security officer function separately. That’s according to a new report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It says CISOs would do a better job protecting their agencies from cyber threats from the department’s legal office rather than the CIO office. John Teeter is a former deputy chief information officer and acting CIO for HHS and is now a health IT consultant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the different responsibilities for CIOs and CISOs and how they work together.

  • Correction: EPA-Ethics story

    Correction: EPA-Ethics story