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Final rule: US can now apply economic sanctions in response to cyber aggression

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control now has the necessary authorities to apply economic sanctions against governments and individuals that deviate from the norms of accepted behavior in cyberspace.

Spotlight: Healthcare.gov enrollment hits 6M

Six million Americans have signed up on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts Jan. 1, according to a Dec. 18 announcement from President Barack Obama.

Executive Order targets SES hiring, rotations, performance awards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Dec. 15 that aims to reform the Senior Executive Service by streamlining hiring and onboarding, increasing rotations and raising the spending cap on performance awards to government executives.

White House calls for feedback on encryption debate

In response to a petition that garnered more than 100,000 signatures and urges the president to support strong encryption technologies, the White House called for public comments on the subject Dec. 8.

McCain lambastes Obama cyber strategy, urges sanctions in letters to senior officials

In letters to senior members of the Obama administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the president's cybersecurity strategy and argued for the use of sanctions against the Chinese government.

Obama vetoes Defense authorization bill

President Obama wielded veto power Oct. 22 — refusing to sign a $612 billion appropriation bill to fund the Defense Department. It marks the fifth time the president has vetoed legislation in his two terms.

High-performance computing, precision medicine top priorities in White House strategy

President Obama on Oct. 21 rolled out an updated "Strategy for American Innovation" — replacing the strategy last revised in 2011 with one that further leverages information technology to advance the nation. 

After cyber pact, China-affiliated actors continue to target US businesses for cyberespionage, finds report

Just one day after reaching a landmark agreement aimed at preventing state-sponsored cyber intrusions, China-affiliated actors hacked U.S. companies with the intent to steal intellectual property and trade secrets, according to analysis by cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

'Credible threats' the best form of defense in cyberspace, expert tells Congress

"We need to make credible threats. We need to have countries believe that we will respond with some punitive action," James Andrew Lewis, director of the strategic technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told lawmakers.

US, China reach cybersecurity agreement, commit to regular dialogue

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced today a broad agreement on cybersecurity terms between their nations, including unexpected considerations focused on protecting intellectual property.