Monthly Archives: February 2014

Today on the Hill

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February 26th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Deparment of Transportation

1:00- Department of Public Welfare

3:30- Department of General Services


9:00- State Police/Homeland Security

11:00- Department of Banking & Securities

1:00- Department of Education

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February 25th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Pennsylvania State Police/ Homeland Security

11:30- Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

1:30- Insurance Department

3:00- Department of State


9:30- Department of Transportation

1:00- Department of Labor & Industry

3:00- Department of Agriculture

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February 24th Appropriations Hearings:


10:00- Department of Health/Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs

11:00- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

2:00- Judiciary

3:30- Department of Agriculture


9:30- Department of Welfare

1:00- Department of Community & Economic Development

3:00- PHEAA

Gov. Ridge Quoted in CNBC Article on “What Cyberthreats are Costing US Companies”

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Published: Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

By:  | Technology Reporter,

Companies everywhere are increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime, but U.S. companies appear to be even more threatened than most, says a new report.


According to PricewaterhouseCooper’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey, U.S. businesses were hit harder financially by cybercrime relative to other countries in recent years.


(Read moreHeat system called door to target for hackers)


Seven percent of U.S. organizations lost $1 million or more, compared with 3 percent of global organizations, according to PwC. And 19 percent of U.S. organizations lost between $50,000 and $1 million, compared with just 8 percent of global respondents. The report, which was released Wednesday, measures damages from 2011 to 2013.


(Read moreRecord-breaking DDoS attack strikes CloudFlare’s network)


This growing cost of cyberattacks has spurred lawmakers’ interest in the issue, said Tom Ridge, CEO of Ridge Global and former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, at a panel discussion hosted by PwC in New York on Wednesday. While no legislation has been passed, it’s likely things are moving in that direction, he said.


(Read moreMicrosoft reports may aid hack attacks on businesses)


Last week, the Commerce Department issued a set of “voluntary” guidelines for banks and other companies that support critical infrastructure in an effort to get organizations to increase their security measures. These guidelines probably won’t be voluntary for long, Ridge said.


“Whenever the government comes around with guidelines, it usually becomes a mandate,” Ridge said.


“And whether mandates truly end up being helpful or not remains to be seen,” he said. “The challenge is for people to accept the notion that compliance to a regulation doesn’t necessarily mean security.”


Read the full article here

Tom Ridge: 2016 presidential hopefuls need a vision for world leadership

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Entire piece can be read here:


Although mid-term elections draw near, presidential hopefuls already have begun to make those critical pilgrimages to the Granite State. Those who aspire to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016 must share with us their view on America’s place in the world. They must convince us that their vision is best suited to grow our economy and enhance our national security.


Clearly, within the contemporary political environment, there is support for a fortress America with both economic and political isolationists withdrawing to focus on America first. I believe those views are flawed. Markets are global. Threats are global. To meet the opportunities and answer the challenges, we must be more engaged, not less. We cannot be an observer. We must be an active player using the various tools of influence that can affect outcomes in our best interests.


Passivity and inaction are rarely effective strategies. Although we are rightfully war weary today, we should never preclude the use of our military in the future when the circumstances require us to do so. If it is truly the final option, and it should be, we should not hesitate to use the tools of “soft power,” diplomacy and developmental assistance.


Our national security demands we use the tools to either prevent new conflicts or preserve military gains. Look no further than the counsel of General James Mattis, U.S. Central Command, who told Congress, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.” The pervasive threat of terrorism lurks throughout the world. One of the most effective ways to preempt or at least mitigate the threat is through the targeted use of the U.S. international affair programs.


Spin the globe and you’ll discover countries and regions confronting horrific human conditions — hunger, disease, violence, natural disasters. Many of these become fertile regions for recruitment and the spread of anti-American, anti-Western favor. It’s in our best interests to address these humanitarian needs now with the possibility of avoiding military involvement in the future.


And, let’s not forget, America’s economic fate is tied directly to actions and markets around the world. While it is understandable that we focus on economic uncertainty here at home, we should never allow ourselves to think for a moment that our prosperity and our jobs aren’t connected to the economic pulse of a global market.

America cannot afford to ignore domestic growth opportunities connected with emerging overseas markets, particularly developing countries, which consume over half of our exports. Ninety-five percent of our potential consumers for “Buy America” live elsewhere.


New Hampshire exported more than $3.5 billion in goods and services to our foreign markets in 2012. More than one in five jobs is tied to trade. Twenty-five percent of all manufacturing workers in New Hampshire depend on exports for their jobs. Commercial diplomacy and developments build a foundation for U.S. business to enter these markets where citizens and governments seek American goods and services.


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February 20th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

11:00- Office of Open Records

1:30- Pennsylvania Commission on Community Colleges

3:00- Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology


9:30- Dept. of Correction/Office of Probation and Parole

1:00- PASSHE

3:00- PEMA

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February 19th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Public Utility Commission

11:00- Office of Consumer Affairs/Small Business Advocate

1:00- Department of Environmental Protection

2:30- Department of Community & Economic Development


9:00- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

11:00- Department of Gaming

1:00- PA Liquor Control Board

3:00- Department of Health

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February 18th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Public School Employees Retirement System/State Employees Retirement System

1:30- Department of Education

4:00 Department of Labor & Industry


9:30- Department of Revenue


3:00- Department of Environmental Protection

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February 12th Appropriations Hearings:


9:30- Department of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole

11:00- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency/State Fire Commissioner

1:00-Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

2:30- Gaming Control Board


9:00- Department of General Services

11:00- Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs

1:00- Department of Insurance

3:00- Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs