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  • DelBene Donates Computers to Local Boys & Girls Club as Trump Attempts to Gut Their Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility, Education

    MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to donate computers and highlight the devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts on our community — including this important afterschool program. “It’s shameful the President is proposing the elimination of funding for vital afterschool programs like the Boys & Girls Club. These investments provide an essential safety-net for middle-class families, improve academic achieveme... Read more

  • On the value of science, healthcare and education, our Washington delegation is listening
    Posted in In the News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Education

    This week, I spent a few days in the “other Washington” where I had the opportunity to meet with the members of our federal legislative delegation and their staffs. I shared with them the invaluable, vital work that our University of Washington community does to expand the frontiers of scientific research, improve healthcare, develop creativity through the arts and provide quality and affordable education to our students. I also detailed the truly devastating effects some of the cuts in the Pres... Read more

  • What Is the Future of the U.S. Digital Service?
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    It’s arguable that few agencies better exemplified the Obama administration’s approach to technology, innovation and their combination in government than the U.S. Digital Service. Formed as a continuation of the private sector tech experts who helped salvage Healthcare.gov, the USDS has since grown and expanded to become the go-to team for managing difficult digital projects across agencies, and now includes branches within the Defense Department. But will it survive in the Trump administration?... Read more

  • FedScoop’s Top Women in Tech 2017: Rep. Suzan DelBene
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Suzan DelBene had a long career in technology before coming to Congress. The Washington state Democrat served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company, and spent 12 years at Microsoft. “Updating our laws to reflect the way the world works in the 21st century has been one of my top priorities in Congress,” she says. “When current law affords more protections for a letter in a filing cabinet than an email on a server, it’s clear our policies are woefully outdated.” Th... Read more

  • CTA Names Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Suzan DelBene, Eric Swalwell & Will Hurd Digital Patriots
    Posted in In the News on March 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced four members of the U.S. House of Representatives as the association's 2017 Digital Patriot Honorees. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) will be honored at CTA's 13th annual Digital Patriots Dinner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on April 4. Past CTA Digital Patriots include Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Rob Po... Read more

  • Bipartisan, Bicameral Coalition Aims to Stop Government Surveillance and Hacking
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) along with Congressman Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Congresswoman Lofgren (D-CA), and Congresswoman DelBene (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1110, Stop Mass Hacking Act. This is the companion bill to legislation introduced on the Senate side by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY). Last year, the Department of Justice moved to make an administrative rule change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would give th... Read more

  • Editorial: U.S. Senate should join House in protecting email privacy
    Posted in In the News on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    As far as law enforcement and the federal law regarding electronic communications are concerned, any of your emails older than 180 days have been “abandoned” and don’t carry an expectation of privacy; they’re no different than the trash you leave at the curb and can be searched without a warrant. That standard, allowing law enforcement agencies to obtain old emails without a warrant, is a holdover from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, passed in 1986, years before most of us heard “You’... Read more

  • 16 people to watch in tech
    Posted in In the News on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) Before Rep. Suzan DelBene, 54, became a member of Congress, she was a tech entrepreneur and a 12-year veteran of Microsoft, where she rose to become a corporate vice president. These days, the Washington Democrat is using her background to push Congress to look at ways tech can play a role in infrastructure. In 2015, she and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) teamed up to launch the Internet of Things Caucus to educate Congress on connected devices and their role in public... Read more

  • House passes bill requiring warrants for email searches
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    A bill aimed at modernizing the United States's aging law covering law enforcement access to emails and other stored files passed the House Monday night. The current law, known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, allows law enforcement to access any stored files without a warrant if such material is left on a third-party server for more than 180 days. But that law was passed in 1986 — three years before the invention of the internet — when computer owners did not have the same systems ... Read more

  • Video: Tech on The Hill with Rep. Suzan DelBene
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Immigration

    When former Microsoft Corp. executive Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) returned for the 115th Congress, it didn’t take long for her to address one of the issues racking the tech industry: President Trump’s campaign promise to create a religious registry for Muslims in the U.S. “This is a key area of concern given what’s happened with the recent executive order,” DelBene said, referring to Trump’s Jan. 27 entry ban on citizens and refugees of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The restrictions have tip... Read more