Lipinski Works to Protect National Security and Domestic Jobs by Preventing the Outsourcing of Classified Data Storage (July 8, 2011)
Last night, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) worked to guarantee that the storage of classified Department of Defense data used in the United States will not be transferred to foreign countries. During floor debate, Lipinski received assurances from Defense Appropriations Chairman Bill Young (R-FL) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) that they will work to make sure that national security and American jobs are protected by preventing the offshoring of classified data storage.
“With the rise of cloud computing, which allows information to be stored on servers throughout the world, keeping critical defense data under the protection of American law and American citizens on American soil is just common sense for the protection of national security and jobs,” Congressman Lipinski said. “The Department of Defense is the world’s largest target for cyber attacks. Operating data centers in America will make it easier to control access to vital information, and make it harder for foreign operatives to steal things like nuclear secrets, weapons systems designs, and battle plans.”
During a colloquy, which is a formal dialogue between members during floor debate, Congressman Lipinski was ensured by Chairman Young and Ranking Member Dicks that they will work together in drafting data storage restrictions that address offshoring concerns without limiting the Department of Defense’s operational ability.
“This proposal does not lock in current providers or lock out anyone else; it does not stop the Department of Defense from moving to cloud computing systems,” Lipinski said. “Nor will this impact classified data that is used at locations abroad. It is only intended to make sure that classified, sensitive information remains safe. Unnecessarily storing these secrets in another country only adds another risk that this information could be stolen, damaging national security and potentially harming our troops.”
In addition to protecting national security, Congressman Lipinski’s proposal will also protect American jobs by supporting the construction, operation, and maintenance of data centers here in the United States.
“The federal government should be doing everything practicable to spend taxpayer money where it puts Americans to work,” Congressman Lipinski said. “During these times of terribly high unemployment it is especially important that we keep these IT jobs here in America.”
(July 8, 2011)
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