Legislation to Name Cedar Rapids post office after SFC Terryl Pasker, & Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act Head to the Full Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, two of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) measures passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: The House companion legislation to rename a Cedar Rapids post office after Sergeant First Class (SFC) Terryl L. Pasker, an Iowa National Guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan, and the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016. Both bills passed the committee with bipartisan support and head to the full Senate for consideration.
“I am grateful for the bipartisan support to rename a Cedar Rapids post office in honor of Sergeant First Class Terryl Pasker. On July 9, 2011, SFC Pasker gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country in defense of our freedoms, and this is one way we can recognize his heroism and service to our country.
“Additionally, in light of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, which impacted a number of Iowans, I am pleased we are able to advance in a bipartisan manner the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act which aims to help reduce the risk of another breach and protect the personal information of American citizens. This bill ensures that federal government agency heads have the tools they need to secure their IT networks through restricting access to certain websites on government computers without first having to engage in collective bargaining with federal employee unions. Our cybersecurity cannot be up for negotiation, and our agencies must have the ability to act quickly to respond to threats and vulnerabilities in their IT systems.”
**Click to watch Senator Ernst speak on the importance of these measures during today’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting.**
About the Legislation to Rename a Cedar Rapids Post Office for SFC Pasker:
About the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016: