Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security

Kelly Field reports:

Angry lawmakers hammered the Education Department’s chief information officer, Danny A. Harris, at a hearing Tuesday, accusing him of ethical lapses and failing to secure the agency’s “vulnerable” information systems.

“Cybersecurity for the federal government is a matter of quality management and effective leadership, not just tech,” said Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives information technology subcommittee. Lawmakers warned that the Education Department, which holds some 139 million unique Social Security numbers, is a “prime target” of hackers.

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