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, Kaine Announce Nearly $20 Million to Increase Cyber Workforce Development at Virginia Tech
Funds will help develop software innovation and scientific partnerships for cyber-infrastructure
Aug 04 2016
Sens. Warner and Kaine announced that Virginia Tech will receive $19,420,000 from NSF to help increase cyber workforce development.
Sens. Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $1 Million to Advance Drone Technology Training in Virginia Colleges
Funds will help develop courses that research and explore the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Jul 20 2016
Sens. Warner and Kaine announced that the Old Dominion University Research Foundation has been awarded nearly $1 million to develop courses in Virginia colleges that research drone technology.
Projects use telecommunications to bring medical expertise to rural areas
Jul 14 2016
Sens. Warner and Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for three Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in Southwest Virginia.
Joins bipartisan effort to expand mobile network in rural America
Jul 12 2016
Sen. Warner joined a bipartisan effort to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Mobility Fund.
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.
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.”
Framework will allow companies to operate small drones in daytime without having to go through FAA waiver process
Jun 21 2016
Sen. Warner released a statement applauding the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for finalizing a long-awaited rule governing the commercial use of small drones.
U.S. Sens. Warner and Gardner announced the creation of the ‘Senate Cybersecurity Caucus’ to provide a platform for Senators and their staffs to stay informed on major policy issues and developments in cybersecurity.
Would elevate CYBERCOM to a combatant command
May 25 2016
Today Sen. Warner introduced a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that directs the president to elevate Cyber Command to a unified combatant command.
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.
Bipartisan, bicameral legislation reforms DoD process to maximize performance and long-term value for the taxpayer
Apr 21 2016
Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) have introduced S. 2826, the bipartisan Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act.
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.
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.
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner and Virginia Governor McAuliffe joined Visa officials to launch the new Visa Cyber Fusion Center today in Ashburn.
“I’m glad the President laid out the remarkable progress we’ve made since January 2008, when the financial markets were in meltdown and our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month, while also acknowledging that we are living in a time of extraordinary change and uncertainty,”
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."
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
Legislation includes key provisions championed by Sen. Warner
Oct 27 2015
Sen. Warner, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, applauded Senate passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which will strengthen cybersecurity efforts by encouraging private companies to voluntarily share information while ensuring individual privacy and civil liberties.
Sen. Warner released the following statement on the announcement from the Office of Personnel Management that 5.6 million people's fingerprints were stolen as part of the data hacks that were disclosed earlier this summer.
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.
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, Cardin, Mikulski, Kaine Call for Stronger Protections for the Millions Affected by the Recent OPM Data Breaches
Jul 09 2015
Sens. Warner, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to better protect federal workers and all those potentially affected by the recent cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data system.
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.
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.