Press Releases

Sens. Warner, Kaine Announce $1.7 Million for Innovative Technology in Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery

$900,000 grant will help advance the use of unmanned systems to assess environmental hazards for emergency responders, $876,000 grant will support effort to restore power and transportation grid following a disaster

Aug 11 2016

Sens. Warner and Kaine announced that Virginia Tech has been awarded more than $1.7 million from NSF to research the use of unmanned aerial and surface vehicles and develop an approach for emergency response and disaster recovery.

Sens. Warner & Schumer Call on FTC to Protect Consumers from Digital Ad Fraud

Researchers have found that a substantial percentage of ad-clicks on major advertising platforms are executed by bots, not human beings

Jul 11 2016

In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, the Senators – both members of the Senate Banking Committee – pointed to studies that have found rampant fraud in the $60 billion digital ad market.

Sen. Warner Calls on FTC to Protect Children's Data Security with Internet-Connected "Smart Toys"

Researchers identify security vulnerabilities in internet-enabled toys like dolls that can expose the personal information of children and their parents

Jul 06 2016

Sen. Warner urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to work with Congress to strengthen efforts to protect children’s personal information given the increase in apps and Internet-connected “smart toys.”

Legislation to Encourage Greater Innovation in DoD Cyber Procurement Included in 2017 Defense Bill

Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to reform DoD buying to maximize performance and long-term value for the taxpayer

May 13 2016

The Senate Armed Services Committee has adopted language introduced by Sen. Warner in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act to ensure that DoD seeks the best long-term value for the taxpayers during the procurement process for complex information technology and engineering services.

Warner, McCaul Lead Bipartisan Coalition to Establish National Commission on Digital Security

Will bring together tech, intel, law enforcement, global commerce and privacy experts to make recommendations to protect privacy and public safety; proposal has support from a broad range of stakeholders

Feb 29 2016

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in the Senate and House today in introducing legislation to establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges.

Warner Urges DoL to Consider Growth of On-Demand Economy in Updating Contingent Worker Survey

Pushes for better data collection on scope and characteristics of on-demand workforce as part of May 2017 contingent worker survey

Feb 02 2016

Sen. Warner, who previously applauded last Monday’s announcement by DoL, has spent the last year urging for the collection of better, more accurate data about who and how workers are participating in the on-demand or “gig” economy.

Sen. Warner Applauds FAA for Finalizing Registration Requirements for Recreational Drone Use

With an expected 700,000 drones to be sold this holiday season, the FAA announces new registration requirements for nearly all recreational drone owners

Dec 14 2015

“I am pleased to see that the FAA has moved forward with a final registration rule for UAS. At a time when we could see as many as 700,000 UAS, or drones, sold during this holiday season, it is important that consumer UAS operators act safely and responsibly."

Members of Congress Introduce Resolution to Award Congressional Gold Medal to OSS Veterans

Office of Strategic Services members conducted intelligence and espionage activities during World War

Nov 05 2015

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee members Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) along with U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) have introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II-era predecessor to today’s Central Intelligence Agency and the

Following Cyber Attack at OPM, Warner & Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Government Cybersecurity

The FISMA Reform Act would Strengthen DHS Authority to Prevent and Block Cyber Attacks on .gov Networks

Jul 22 2015

Following the recent cyber-attack at the Office of Personnel Management which compromised the personal information of at least 22 million individuals, U.S Sens. Warner, Susan Collins (R-ME), Dan Coats (R-IN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation today that strengthens the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal civilian networks.

Warner Calls for OPM Director to Step Down

Follows two data hacks exposing personal information of close to 25 million

Jul 09 2015

The technological and security failures at the Office of Personnel Management predate this director’s term, but Director Archuleta’s slow and uneven response has not inspired confidence that she is the right person to manage OPM through this crisis. It is time for her to step down, and I strongly urge the administration to choose new management with proven abilities to address a crisis of this magnitude with an appropriate sense of urgency and accountability.