Congressman Chaffetz today released the following statement on the passing of long-time Salt Lake County Commissioner and Councilman Randy Horiuchi:
"Randy Horiuchi left an indelible mark on Salt Lake County during his decades of public service. With his passion for politics and ever-present wit, he was able to build bridges that spanned the political spectrum. Julie and I offer our sincere condolences to the Horiuchi family."Read More
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3189, the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act. This bill enacts reforms that require more openness and transparency at the Federal Reserve and includes audit provision language previously found in Audit the Fed bill.
"Openness and transparency at the Federal Reserve is long overdue. I have co-sponsored and supported a legislative fix since my first year in Congress. I am pleased to see audit provisions included with other important reforms in this bill that provide much needed oversight of the Federal Reserve. “
Congressman Jason Chaffetz today announced the participation of Utah's Third Congressional District in the second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) – an app design competition for U.S. high school students who are learning coding skills.
“Utah has so many promising young students – digital natives who have grown up using technology. We need to facilitate the development of STEM-based skills that will sustain Utah’s robust economy. Recognizing today’s young innovators will help us build tomorrow’s cutting edge workforce,” Chaffetz said.
The Challenge registration period opens today. Apps can be submitted through January 15, 2016. The competition is open to all high school students, regardless of their level of coding experience. Students may work individually or in groups and students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
A panel of local judges will evaluate student entries and select winners to be honored by Rep. Chaffetz and featured on a display in the United States Capitol.
The CAC was created by Congress in 2013 to acknowledge the critical role of STEM skills in this nation’s economic future. As countries around the world compete for the most viable industries and technologies, the demand for STEM-based skills is projected to grow by 17% by 2018, compared to a 9.8% growth rate for non-STEM occupations. According to some estimates, the U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018. By investing in our youth now, we can work to maintain American competitiveness in the global marketplace.
During its first year, the CAC received submissions from students in 84 Congressional districts, including Utah’s 3rd District. This year, the Challenge is striving to double that number. The Internet Education Foundation will be serving as the operational “sponsor” for the CAC. For further information and instructions about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit congressionalappchallenge.us.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced bipartisan legislation limiting the use of cell-site simulators, commonly known as “Stingrays”. H.R. 3871, The Stingray Privacy Act, codifies recent guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department Homeland Security (DHS). This bill limits the use of cell site simulators by government agencies as well as state and local law enforcement.
Original cosponsors of this legislation include House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).
Additionally, recent press reports indicate that federal law enforcement agencies other than DOJ and DHS may be using cell-site simulation devices, including the IRS. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Chaffetz recently opened an investigation into this issue.
“The abuse of Stingrays and other cell site simulators by individuals, including law enforcement, could enable gross violations of privacy,” said Chaffetz. "The fact that law enforcement agencies, and non-law enforcement agencies such as the IRS, have invested in these devices raises serious questions about who is using this technology and why. These questions demonstrate the need for strict guidelines that carry the weight of the law."
Unlike the GPS Act (H.R. 491), which creates the legal framework for collecting geolocation data, H.R. 3871 regulates the actual physical device used by law enforcement, federal agencies, and individuals. This bill would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before deploying a cell site simulator consistent with recently issued federal guidance and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. H.R. 3871 does provide targeted exceptions for exigent circumstances and foreign intelligence surveillance.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after casting his vote in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House of Representatives:
“Today I am proud to support Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House. Having worked directly with him over the past several years, I have seen his work up close. He has a deep understanding of public policy, takes a fearless approach to problem solving, and commands tremendous respect across the political spectrum. Paul is the right person at the right time.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that passed the House of Representatives today. This legislation would increase spending for domestic and defense programs over the next two years.
“Washington has a spending problem. We know it. The public knows it. But instead of changing spending habits, we continue to dig ourselves deeper and deeper into debt. Busting budget caps is not the solution. Although this bill provides important funding for our troops, it does not implement critical reforms that the American people are demanding. If we are going to raise the debt ceiling yet again, we must commit to fundamentally reprogramming the way we spend money.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement upon announcing that he will be running for Speaker of the House:
"I am running for Speaker of the House of Representatives because I want to lead the way on tackling the toughest issues facing the United States of America.
“The American people have entrusted Republicans with the largest majority since the 1920’s, but with that majority comes a responsibility to get the job done that we were elected to do. I came to Congress to help fix problems, and as Speaker I will fight every day to make that happen. I look forward to sharing my vision for the Speakership with my colleagues and the American people.”
The worst data breach in American history compromised the sensitive, personally identifiable information of 21.5 million Americans.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) attack was the result of negligence, inadequate cybersecurity measures, mismanagement of IT budgets over decades, poor data management and incompetent leadership that, unfortunately, remain in place today.
The significance of the breach cannot be overstated.
Social Security numbers and health, financial, employment and residency information were placed in the hands of our greatest adversaries. The perpetrators even swiped fingerprints of 5.6 million individuals.
FBI Director James Comey described the breach as “a treasure trove of information about everybody who has worked for, tried to work for, or works for the United States government.”
Another former senior intelligence community official referred to the stolen data as the “crown jewels” and a “gold mine for a foreign intelligence service.”
It was an extraordinary theft. It was also entirely foreseeable.
Competent leaders would have seen the obvious threat and responded to it. The OPM’s didn’t.
By ignoring repeated warnings of system vulnerability, failing to adopt basic cybersecurity best practices and wasting millions of dollars maintaining outdated technology, OPM leaders left the agency’s valuable data vulnerable to attack.
The resulting breach was entirely predictable and its risk well known.
OPM leadership consciously ignored warnings of “material weakness” in data security from the inspector general (IG) for at least eight years.
Inexcusably, OPM leadership operated systems without valid authorizations despite knowing the inherent risks.
The OPM did not encrypt Social Security numbers despite being required to do so.
It is also unclear why the OPM left all 21.5 million individuals’ security clearance files active on its system. Information that isn’t available on a network can’t be hacked.
President Obama’s decision to appoint Katherine Archuleta as director of the agency based on political patronage rather than on skill and expertise topped off the perfect storm.
It’s of small comfort that Archuleta resigned after the damage was done. The OPM’s chief information officer is still on the job. By law she is responsible for securing the agency’s IT systems. She spectacularly failed at this mission, yet remains at the helm.
Bad decision-making at the OPM was not limited to security measures. The agency also proved a poor steward of IT dollars.
Since 2008 the Obama administration has spent in excess of $525 billion on IT, and it’s not working.
Instead of investing in cutting-edge technology, officials wasted millions on outdated legacy systems, which make the application of security tools far more challenging.
Astonishingly, the OPM operates using 1950s-era Cobol language, which is difficult, if not impossible, to update to include encryption or multifactor authentication due to its aging code base.
Yet the OPM spent nearly 80 percent of its budget in fiscal 2014 on old IT, like Cobol. Nearly $70 million was allocated to operations and maintenance with a mere $14 million on development modernization.
As the OPM embarks on its better-late-than-never plan to overhaul its IT infrastructure, the agency’s failure to change leadership portends more failure. It is once again disregarding warnings from the IG that its plan has a “high risk of failure.”
We can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. If we want to ensure that a breach of this magnitude never happens again, we have to have the right leadership.
Right now, we don’t.
Experienced leaders in IT and cybersecurity would ensure that the controls already in place are being followed. That’s not happening.
The 30-day cyber sprint initiated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the aftermath of the hack yielded a 30 percent agencywide increase in multifactor authentication for certain users, from 42 percent to 72 percent.
It was over 10 years ago, though, that the White House first issued direction to agencies to accelerate the use of multifactor authentication. It shouldn’t have taken a crisis of these proportions for agencies to get their IT houses in order.
It was only after the 30-day cyber sprint was complete that the OPM increased its multifactor authentication participation from 42 percent to 97 percent of all users.
We may never fully rid ourselves of the threat posed by those who wish to do us harm.
However, with more competent leadership, a commitment to strong cybersecurity measures and better stewardship of IT dollars, we can do much more to prepare and protect ourselves.
The OPM’s network was a disaster waiting to happen. We have the tools and ability to avoid a future disaster. We need to maintain the pressure on our federal agencies to ensure they have the will.
Chaffetz has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009. He is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sits on the Judiciary Committee.Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign as Speaker and retire from Congress at the end of October. Following this announcement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement:
“Speaker Boehner has honorably served this country and I am grateful for his leadership. I thank him for his faithful service to this great country, for the opportunities he has entrusted to me, and for his personal friendship. My best wishes to John, his wife Debbie, and their family.”
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Selected by House leadership to chair the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, Jason Chaffetz enters his third term in Congress with energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to continue reforming Washington, D.C.
Believing in the core conservative principles of a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, limited government, and accountability, Mr. Chaffetz distinguished himself as a budget hawk by co-founding the Sunset Caucus, identifying budget cutting measures, running a lean office that returned more than $600,000 of his office budget in his first term, and sleeping on a cot in the closet of his office. He was asked by House Speaker John Boehner to chair the House Technology Operations Team, was featured regularly on CNN’s freshman year, and consistently appears in local and national media outlets to communicate the conservative message.
On November 4, 2008, Mr. Chaffetz was elected by a 37-point margin to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District. To secure the Republican nomination, Mr. Chaffetz unseated a 12-year incumbent by a 20-point margin, and did so with no paid campaign staff, no polling, no free meals for potential voters, no campaign office, and a refusal to go into debt to finance the campaign. Despite being outspent by over $600,000, Mr. Chaffetz’ approach to conservative principles resonated with voters and resulted in an unprecedented victory.
Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns, and a distinguished college football career.
Mr. Chaffetz, who grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado, was invited to Utah in the mid-1980s by the legendary Brigham Young University football coach LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker. His years at BYU literally transformed his life.
After a successful football career that included two years as the starting placekicker and two school records, Mr. Chaffetz earned a degree in communications and married Julie Johnson of Mesa, Arizona. In February, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffetz celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
In 1995, Mr. Chaffetz’s mother passed away after a long fight with cancer. Consequently, he was deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Utah-based Huntsman family in fighting the disease that killed his mother. Their commitment was more than words as they personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to research and treat cancer.
Upon reading an article about Jon Huntsman, Jr. potentially running for Governor of Utah, Mr. Chaffetz sought to meet the man who had given so much to fight cancer. Through a mutual friend, a meeting was set up and Mr. Chaffetz eventually joined the Huntsman for Governor staff. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Chaffetz was named Campaign Manager. In a crowded field of contenders, Huntsman triumphed by running a well-organized, positive campaign and became Utah’s 16th Governor. The Governor invited Mr. Chaffetz to continue working with him as his Chief of Staff.
Mr. Chaffetz used his time in the Governor’s Office to learn about the federal delegation and the issues that matter to the State of Utah. As Utah’s representative in Congress, he is committed to represent Utah to Washington, not Washington to Utah. Mr. Chaffetz made a commitment to voters in 2008 that he would seek to return this country to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense. As he concludes his second term, he has a distinguished record of promoting legislation to restore those values.
So sorry about the passing of Gov Olene Walker. Always filled with optimism. She blazed new trails and inspired many. We will miss her.
Officer Garrett Swasey, who died in Colo. shooting, was a co-pastor, skating champion https://t.co/665LJexxFX Praying for him & his family
For one World War II veteran, a day to give thanks for ‘one more sunrise’ https://t.co/ELxWXrw9y3
So sorry to read about the passing of Governor Olene Walker. She was an exceptionally nice, giving soul. She was always filled with optimism
Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to your family from ours. Special thoughts and prayers to those serving overseas. Thank you!!
Has anything changed since Speaker Ryan took the gavel? I get that question a lot. The answer is YES.
Proud of our BYU Women's Volleyball team. Great win against Pepperdine last night to clinch the WCC title!
The Obama Administration hopes that by releasing this information right before Thanksgiving, you won't notice. That's why I'm sharing it.