July 2015

More questions arise about OPM hack; Apple under scrutiny

MORE QUESTIONS ARISE ABOUT OPM HACK: Now that former OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has resigned, lawmakers and executive branch officials are starting to grapple with the long-term consequences of the theft of personal information for more than 21 million people from OPM networks. The unprecedented data breach could produce decades of intelligence problems for the United States, perhaps not ending until the people whose data was stolen “age off,” FedScoop reported. Experts are also starting to scrutinize the security failures that allowed the hack to take place.

Should the clearance system be taken away from OPM?

Reps. Ted Lieu (above) and Steve Russell plan to introduce legislation that would take oversight of the security clearance system away from OPM.

A pair of congressmen want to take stewardship of files on government and contractor employees with security clearances away from the Office of Personnel Management, in light of the hacks that resulted in the breach of data on more than 22 million people.

Santa Monica Officials, Residents Meet With FAA As City Considers New SMO Leases

A long-awaited meeting to discuss Santa Monica Airport was held Wednesday in Washington, D.C. between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local elected officials and residents.

Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District) hosted the meeting between their constituents and senior FAA officials.

This meeting followed an invitation to meet, which was made at the March 24 Santa Monica City Council meeting.


Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) launched his first ever Congressional photo contest inviting constituents of California’s 33rd District to submit photos of their favorite places located in the District. Photos can be submitted through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging @RepTedLieu and using the hashtag #MyCA33.  Photos will be selected from each city/neighborhood in the District and will be featured/credited on the Congressman’s website and social media pages.

Senate Dem: OPM head must go

Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking Democrat to call for the resignation of the agency head at the center of one what’s thought to be the largest government hack ever.

Minutes after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that the personal data of 22.1 million people — more than 5 times the initial estimate — had been exposed by two separate hacks at the agency, Warner called for the agency’s chief, Katherine Archuleta, to resign.

He is the first Senate Democrat to do so.

City officials lobby FAA to close Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica staff, officials and anti-airport activists flew to Washington D.C. this week to advocate for closure of the Santa Monica Airport.

The group, including Rep. Ted Lieu, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez, Santa Monica Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and 16 other local constituents, met with FAA in a meeting facilitated by Lieu and Congresswoman Karen Bass.

According to those present at the meeting, FAA officials listened without comment.