Press Releases

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.

Warner and Kaine Call for Action in Response to Abusive Debt Collection Practices Against Servicemembers

Report alleges that some retailers are bringing suit against servicemembers without opportunity to defend themselves

Aug 06 2014

Senators Warner and Kaine wrote letters to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez calling their attention to recent reports published in ProPublica and the Washington Post that detail abusive debt collection practices against servicemembers undertaken by a Virginia-based retailer.

Sen. Warner Raises Questions About Facebook Experiment to Influence Users' Emotions

~ Facebook data scientists manipulated content of nearly 700K users to study emotional response ~

Jul 09 2014

Senator Warner asked privacy and consumer protection experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide more information on recent reports that the social network Facebook conducted an experiment involving nearly 700,000 users to study the emotional impact of manipulating information on their News Feeds.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today passed the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 by a vote of 12-3. The bill includes an amendment by Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) that would require the Intelligence Community to produce a comprehensive accounting of the threat from cyberattacks and cybercrime.

Bipartisan Group of Nine Senators Urges V-A to Accept Free Private Sector Help to Fix VA

~ In letter to President Obama, Senators urge top-level private sector review of V-A systems ~

Jun 05 2014

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of nine U.S. Senators called on the Obama Administration today to accept private sector assistance in fixing the broken Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) scheduling system.  In a letter, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Al Franken (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), urged the V-A to follow the example of the Army, which in 2010 allowed a consortium of leading technology companies to provide expertise in designing a corrective plan, at no cost to the taxpayers, to fix widespread data management issues uncovered at the Army’s Arlington National Cemetery.

“Because of the immediacy of the many challenges at the VA, we urge you to work with us to implement a similar cost-effective, private sector initiative so we can begin restoring the trust of our veterans and the American public in the ability of the VA to meet the commitments our nation has made to our veterans.  Our military men and women, their families, and our veterans deserve nothing less.”

“Engaging the tech sector and the best minds from leading American IT firms produced a comprehensive business plan to help the Army modernize its workflow procedures and upgrade the data management systems at Arlington.  That effort, conducted at no cost to the taxpayers, represented the very best traditions of corporate citizenship,” the senators wrote.

Full text of the letter is below, and a PDF of the signed letter can be accessed here.