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40 Journal of Legislation 251 (2014)


In the digital age, every part of federal government has critical cybersecurity interests. Many of those issues are brought into sharp focus by Edward Snowden's disclosure of sensitive government cyber intelligence programs conducted by the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Courts are reviewing various constitutional and statutory challenges to those programs, two government review groups have reported on related legal and policy issues, and Congress is considering cyber intelligence reform proposals. All of this action comes on the heels of significant efforts by successive administrations to restructure government and pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation to improve the nation's posture to strategically address cyber issues. This Article proposes that new framework legislation is needed to comprehensively address issues relating to Snowden's disclosures and broader cybersecurity interests.