Press Releases

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.

Warner Asks IRS to Work with OPM to Protect Hack Victims

Expresses concern that federal employees could be vulnerable to tax-related identity theft; 2.9 million incidents of tax-related ID theft occurred in 2013

Jun 23 2015

Sen. Warner today called on the Internal Revenue Service to work with the Office of Personnel Management to protect federal employees from tax-related identity theft following a pair of security breaches of OPM’s personnel database that exposed the personal information of millions of current and retired federal employees.

Warner Questions OPM's Handling of Credit Monitoring Contract

OPM hack victims have complained about accessibility and quality of service provided by credit monitoring contractor CSID; Senator also raises concerns that contract was not properly awarded by OPM

Jun 19 2015

Sen. Warner today wrote to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta, raising concerns about the performance of the contractor OPM hired to provide credit monitoring services and identity theft protection for victims following the data breach at the agency affecting at least 14 million federal employees.

Warner, King Lead Senators Urging FCC to Increase Wireless Competition in Mobile Spectrum Auction

Expanding access to wireless broadband is a proven job creator and economic stimulant

Jun 17 2015

Sens. Warner and Angus King (I-ME) led a group of six senators urging the Federal Communications Commission to enact policies in 2016 that encourage expanded wireless broadband deployment in underserved and unserved areas of the country, increase quality and service, and improve cost competition in rural and urban areas alike.

In Wake of Massive Data Breach, Virginia & Maryland Senators Call for Increased Credit Protections for Federal Employees

Warner, Mikulski, Kaine, Cardin push OPM to better protect the employees who keep the federal government running

Jun 12 2015

Sens. Warner, Barbara Mikulski, Tim Kaine and Ben Cardin called on the Office of Personnel Managementto do more to protect federal employees whose personal information was compromised as a result of the massive data breach affecting OPM’s personnel records.
Sens. Warner and Kaine, along with U.S. Representatives Scott, Forbes, Wittman, Connolly, Hurt, Brat, and Beyer urged the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations to oppose language in the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that that would jeopardize funding for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett.

In Wake of Massive OPM Data Breach, Warner & King Call for Increased Funding for Cybersecurity Upgrades

Intel Committee members urge Senate appropriators to fund President’s full FY 2016 request for OPM’s cybersecurity budget, with majority of new funds going towards IT infrastructure and security upgrades

Jun 10 2015

Sens. Warner and Angus King (I-ME), both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for cybersecurity upgrades at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Sen. Warner Provides Information & Resources to Help Virginians Potentially Impacted by CareFirst Data Breach

Cyberattack compromised information of 1.1 million current and former customers in Virginia, DC & Maryland

May 21 2015

Sen. Warner provided a variety of useful resources and an online form on his Senate website for Virginians potentially impacted by the cyberattack targeting health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to contact his office for assistance.

Metro Responds to Sen. Warner, Pledging to Update Emergency Communications Safety Protocols Following Fatal Accident at L'Enfant Plaza Station

At Warner’s request, Metro board promises to ensure that Metro and local public safety agencies regularly test communications systems to ensure interoperability

Feb 03 2015

In response to a request from U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency, the board which governs the Metro transit system, pledged to implement a system for testing of Metro and regional emergency radio systems.