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Proposed Bill Could Boost Federal Agencies’ Online Security could get cybersecurity help

WASHINGTON� and other federal agency websites will get a bigger assist from the Department of Homeland Security to protect against potential cyberattacks � if a new bipartisan bill makes it through Congress.

The bill, introduced July 22, comes in the wake of the theft of millions of records from the�Office of Personnel Management�(via a .gov site).

While�the Department of Homeland Security�is already charged with protecing the .gov domain name, it has limited authority at this time, according to the legislators.

Sponsoring the bill are Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and�Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

OPM has been under intense scrutiny � director Katherine Archuleta resigned � after the hack that compromised over 20 million records of past, current�and potential government employees.

A version of this article originally appeared on Radio sister site, B&C.�