OVERNIGHT TECH: Senate negotiating which cybersecurity amendments get votes

In the meantime, backers of Lieberman's bill and Senate Republicans are still trying to make progress on identifying amendments that both sides can agree on. This afternoon a group of senators met with Gen. Keith Alexander, who wears the dual hat as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, in the Capitol to discuss cybersecurity. Participants in the meeting included the co-sponsors of the Cybersecurity Act and SECURE IT backers Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonCongress sends bill renewing anti-terrorism program to Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Hillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval MORE (R-Wis.) and Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissOssoff tests waters for Georgia Senate run CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all Juan Williams: GOP plays the bigotry card in midterms MORE (R-Ga.), according to a Senate aide.  Other participants included members who have been involved in earlier compromise efforts, including Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell: Senate won't override Trump veto on shutdown fight Senate immigration talks fall apart Emergency declaration option for wall tests GOP MORE (R-Mo.), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Sunday shows preview: Washington heads into multi-day shutdown MORE (D-Del.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Speculation swirls over candidates to succeed Rosenstein MORE (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

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But according to Secure IT co-sponsor Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyCongress should stop tariff power grab, bring balance to U.S. trade policy Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (R-Iowa), "there isn't any agreement yet" on cybersecurity legislation. 

"I'll bet you you won't have an agreement announced until 2:15 tomorrow," he said.

The possible amendments include a series from Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president GOP insiders knock their depictions in new Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ Barr: It would be a crime for president to pardon someone in exchange for their silence MORE (D-Vt.) to establish on data security and data privacy. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has filed his own narrower data breach bill as an amendment.

Software group applauds cyber bill: The Business Software Alliance applauded Lieberman's revised cybersecurity bill on Monday.

“We believe S.3414 creates a solid framework and foundation for the cybersecurity debate over the coming days,” BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in a statement. “We hope there will be a robust and open debate on the floor and look forward to working with Senators on both sides of the aisle to ensure a well-crafted bill is passed.”

In a letter to the bill's sponsors, Holleyman praised the information-sharing provisions and said the changes to the critical infrastructure standards are "progress in the right direction," but should be amended to ensure that they are truly voluntary.

Data privacy hearing: On Tuesday morning, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management will hold a hearing to consider whether to update the 1974 Privacy Act, which restricts how the federal government can handle people's personal information.

Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) has sponsored a bill, S. 1732, that would implement privacy safeguards and require federal agencies to notify the public in the event of a data breach.

The witnesses will be Mary Ellen Callahan, the Homeland Security Department's chief privacy officer; Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board; Greg Wilshusen, director of information security issues for the Government Accountability Office; Peter Swire, law professor at Ohio State University; Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union; and Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow for The Heritage Foundation.


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