***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Legislative hearings set for Tuesday and Wednesday on data breaches in state government, blockchain technologies

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee and House State Government Committee will hold two joint public hearings this week.

On Tuesday, June 7, at 9 a.m., the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, chaired by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28), will hold a joint public hearing with the House State Government Subcommittee on Government Information Technology and Communication, chaired by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102), to review Senate Bill 696.

The legislation would require timely notification to victims of a data breach within state government.

On Wednesday, June 8, at 9 a.m., the Senate Communications and Technology Committee will hold a joint public hearing with the House State Government Subcommittee on Government, chaired by Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-46), on blockchain technology and its role in state government.

Both hearings will be held in Hearing Room No. 1 of the North Office Building at the state Capitol.

The public hearings will be livestreamed on facebook.com/SenatorKristin and PAHouseGOP.com

Joint public hearing on SB 696 (Update to the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act)

JOINT HEARING

Senate Communications and Technology Committee AND House State Government Committee

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Public hearing on SB 696 (Update to the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act)

Schedule

Welcome and Housekeeping 

Member Introductions 

Opening Remarks of Senator Dan Laughlin, Prime Sponsor of SB696

Testifiers

  • Ken Hess, Deputy Secretary for Procurement, Department of General Services – Testimony
  • Andrew Kingman, Of Counsel, State Privacy and Security Coalition – Testimony
  • Scott R. Davis, President and CEO, Cybersecurity Association of Pennsylvania – Testimony

Adjournment

Additional Written Testimony:

County Commissioners Association of PA – Testimony

Pennsylvania Office of Administration – Testimony

Joint public hearing on Blockchain Technology and its Impact on Government Operations

JOINT HEARING

Senate Communications and Technology Committee AND House State Government Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Joint public hearing on Blockchain Technology and its Impact on Government Operations

Schedule

What is Blockchain?

Welcome and Housekeeping

Member Introductions

Testifier

  • William C. Price, Esq., Clark Hill – Statement

Adjournment

 

Meeting to consider HB 2071

Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Monday, December 13, 2021 | Off the Floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider  HB 2071  (Causer)–Establishes the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority

Joint hearing on rural broadband

JOINT HEARING

Senate Communications and Technology Committee AND House Consumer Affairs Committee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

House Majority Caucus Room (Main Capitol, Room 140)


AGENDA

Joint hearing on rural broadband

SCHEDULE

9:00 AM          Opening Comments:

  • Jim Marshall, Majority Chair – House Consumer Affairs
  • Rob Matzie, Minority Chair – House Consumer Affairs
  • Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill – Senate Communications and Technology
  • Senator John Kane – Senate Communications and Technology

9:10 AM          Testimony:

  • Panel 1: 9:10 – 9:40 AM
    • Darrin Youker – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau  – Testimony
    • Jeremy Jurick – Michael Baker International
    • Lance Grable – Beaver County Office of Planning & Redevelopment
  • Panel 2: 9:40 – 10:00 AM
  • Panel 3: 10:00 – 10:30 AM
    • Todd Eachus – Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania  – Testimony
    • Steve Samara – Pennsylvania Telephone Association  –Testimony
    • Jim Morozzi – DQE Fiber  – Testimony

Additional Written Testimony:

            Wayne Campbell – PA State Grange  – Testimony

10:30 – 11:00 AM      Questions and Closing Remarks

11:00  AM       Adjournment

Measure to consolidate state’s IT systems, strengthen cybersecurity clears committee

HARRISBURG – The Senate Communications and Technology Committee advanced a proposal that will consolidate the state’s information technology under one entity and create standards to strengthen the state’s cybersecurity efforts, according to Committee Chair Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Senate Bill 482, sponsored by Senators Phillips-Hill and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), would establish a standalone Office of Information Technology (OIT) under the Office of Administration. The OIT would establish a strategic plan for future IT projects, manage and maintain all procurement of IT for state agencies, establish cybersecurity standards for all of state government and make recommendations for future consolidation, integration and investment.

“We continue to see increased attacks on our information technology systems all across state government,” Phillips-Hill said. “From our unemployment compensation system to our Departments of Education, Human Services and Transportation, governments on all levels are targets for criminals seeking to obtain constituent data. This legislation will strengthen and future-proof state government as technologies improve and criminals become more sophisticated.”

“Cyberattacks and data breaches are a growing concern as our society continues to rely more heavily on technology, and particularly since the pandemic facilitated a swift transition to virtual work” Aument said. “Consolidating the state’s IT will ensure that our digital assets are managed more efficiently and safely, with the ability to identify and eliminate any threats to sensitive information more quickly.”

The committee held two public hearings in September to review state and national perspectives when it comes to consolidating state IT operations, as well as hear directly from the Commonwealth’s Chief Information Officer and the Dept. of General Services.

The legislation advances to the full Senate for further consideration.

Meeting to consider SB 482

Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Off the Floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 482

Schedule

Media Advisory – Taxpayers spend over $1 billion in information technology efforts in state government, committee plans to review issue during Wednesday hearing

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee will hold its second public hearing on a proposal that would strengthen and streamline state information technology (IT) services.

Wednesday morning’s hearing will feature state officials to review current practices when it comes to IT and cybersecurity measures within various departments and agencies.

WHO:

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, Chair, Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Members of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee

John MacMillan, Chief Information Officer, Office of Administration

Ken Hess, Deputy Secretary, Dept. of General Services

WHERE:

Hearing Room 8 E-B, East Wing

State Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 17120

WHEN:

Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m.

LIVESTREAM:

The public hearing will be livestreamed on facebook.com/SenatorKristin.

More information, including the hearing schedule, can be found here.

Public hearing on State Agency IT Consolidation – (part 2)

Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B and virtually through Zoom


Public hearing on State Agency IT Consolidation – (part 2)

SCHEDULE

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Opening Remarks

10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Panel I

  • John MacMillan, Commonwealth Chief Information Officer, Office of Administration – Testimony

10:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panel II

  • Ken Hess, Deputy Secretary, Department of General Services – Testimony

Media Advisory – Senate Communications & Technology Committee to hold public hearing on consolidation of IT, cybersecurity improvements in state government

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee will hold a public hearing to gain feedback on a proposal sponsored by the committee’s chair, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), that would strengthen and streamline state information technology (IT) services. This hearing is the first in a two-part series of hearings to review the issue.

Wednesday morning’s hearing will feature how other states address IT within state government.

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) outlines her public hearing here and the need to focus on strengthening the state’s efforts when it comes to IT: AUDIO.

WHO:

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, Chair, Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Members of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Current and former officials from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Maine and Michigan

WHERE:

Hearing Room 8 E-B, East Wing

State Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 17120

WHEN:

Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m.

LIVESTREAM:

The public hearing will be livestreamed on facebook.com/SenatorKristin.

More information, including the agenda, can be found here.