Sebelius: Exchanges Will Open October 1, 2013

Testifying before the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the federally-facilitated health care Exchanges will meet their October 1 deadline to be open to the public. All Exchanges are required to be operational beginning October 1, 2013, a scant five months away,… Read more »

Administration to Offer Differing Online Privacy Guidelines

Andreas (L) and Laetitia, local inhabitants, pose with a laptop during a Google Street View startup event in Oberstaufen, November 2, 2010. The first panoramic images of German locations became available on Tuesday in Google Street View online service.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)

According to a New York Times article Wednesday, the federal government could soon be issuing two sets of Internet privacy guidelines from two different agencies, both of which have different means of addressing online privacy issues. The Department of Commerce has said that it will soon issue a paper arguing for a private/public partnership on… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »

The Energy and Commerce Bill, As Passed

Before the House left for the August district work period on Friday, the Energy & Commerce Committee became the fourth Congressional committee to pass comprehensive health care legislation (subscription).  However, the bill passed after a series of amendments negotiated between a number of Democratic caucuses, meaning a long month of merging the committee bills by… Read more »