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Grassley demands HHS outline cybersecurity policies to address "critical deficiencies"

April 12, 2019 / Heather Landi

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wants the know what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is doing to address critical deficiencies in the department's cybersecurity controls and detection following an Office of Inspector General report that found numerous security gaps. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Grassley (R-Iowa) is demanding that HHS provide information about how the department is addressing the issues raised in the report and the steps it is taking to follow OIG's recommendations to strengthen its cyber posture and address vulnerability gaps. "The Department must take immediate, sustained, and effective action to reduce and eliminate these threats and better protect its systems," Grassley wrote. He is requesting written responses from HHS by April 23 and a briefing by April 30.