On Monday morning, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce a retrospective review of his agency's regulations during a speech at Georgetown University's Business School. The planned review comes in response to President Obama's executive order for independent agencies to ensure their regulations are cost-effective and promote economic growth.
In addition to the review, Genachowksi will discuss steps the FCC has taken to support innovation, economic growth and global competitiveness. The event is sponsored by the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as part of its Evolution of Regulation Series.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a morning hearing Tuesday on the committee's investigation into counterfeit electronic parts in the Defense Department's supply chain. Improving supply chain security for federal technology contractors has been a key recommendation from cybersecurity experts for years. They argue counterfeit tech hardware that either malfunctions or comes pre-loaded with malware poses one of the largest threats to government networks, particularly the classified and restricted systems used by the Pentagon.
On Tuesday afternoon, Facebook will host a live chat with Maj. Juanita Change, director of online and social media for the Army's Office of Public Affairs, and Veterans Affairs Director of Online Communications Brandon Friedman.
The guests will discuss how the military, military families and veterans organizations are using Facebook. Viewers will be able to ask questions in real time, and Facebook has promised an exciting announcement at the event.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Privacy subpanel will hold a Wednesday hearing on protecting health information in the digital world. Stakeholders have argued the strict rules governing the release of patient data have failed to keep up with the shift to electronic medical records.
Complicating the issue is the need for researchers to have access to aggregate data in order to better determine the efficacy of various treatments, a growing trend in the healthcare industry. Witnesses have yet to be announced. Subcommittee Chairman Al Franken (D-Minn.) will preside.