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Washington to appoint Internet watchdog?

Tue, 09/12/2000 - 8:00pm
Karen Kessler

Loose lips sink ships. And so does lax security on federal Web sites and computer systems. Because of reports of inadequate protection of government information on the Internet, the folks in D.C. are considering hiring a chief information officer to oversee the U.S. tech and computer security policies.

The House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology heard testimony on two legislative proposals in the House of Representatives that call for the new position.

Though both proposals are gaining support, the White House is against creating the new position.

Debate is expected to continue on the two bills, which the House may combine into one, and bring it to the House floor for voting early next year.

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