Brad Sherman

Lawmakers Eye Cyber Bounties to Fix Bugs in Federal Networks
House panel approves Senate bill to set up pilot program at DHS

The House Homeland Security Committee approved a Senate bill last week that would set up a bug bounty program at the Department of Homeland Security. Above, Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and ranking member Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at a 2014 hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lawmakers last week moved closer to mandating that the Department of Homeland Security start a bug bounty program that will pay computer security researchers to spot weaknesses in DHS’s computer networks. That requirement would bring the department in line with other U.S. agencies with similar cybersecurity programs.

The House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday by unanimous consent approved a Senate bill that would set up a pilot program at the department. The Senate passed the bill on April 17. The Pentagon, the IRS and the General Services Administration already operate such programs, and lawmakers have proposed legislation that would launch similar efforts at the departments of State and Treasury.

Floor Charts for the Floor Show — Summer Edition
Our favorite visual aids from a month of congressional floor-watching

(Courtesy @FloorCharts, Screenshot/C-SPAN)

Cheesin’ photos, safety precautions and tiny charts — watching the House and Senate floors can be a thankless task. But the floor charts make it  worthwhile.

Lawmakers like these oversize and sometimes garish visual aids because they help them get their point across. The Twitter handle @FloorCharts posts some of the daily highlights, and Roll Call now provides a monthly roundup of the best of the best.

Former Staffer Says Soccer Can Teach You Management
Don’t stay in your lane, Peter Loge advises in his new book

Peter Loge, former Capitol Hill staffer, wrote a book that will be released on July 27. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

It’s fast-paced, decentralized and occasionally sweaty. Working in D.C. is a lot like playing soccer, according to author Peter Loge.

The former congressional staffer drew on his careers on and off the Hill to write “Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations From the World’s Game.”

Trump Warms to Qatar, but Some on Hill Still Wary of Terror Ties
Persian gulf nation has denied links to extremist groups

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., says he is still concerned over what he described as Qatar’s “continuing contact with Hamas.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Cal file photo)

While President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to work with Qatar to combat terrorism in the Middle East, some lawmakers pushed back on the alliance, saying the Persian Gulf country may still be aiding extremist groups.

Since last June, Qatar been under a diplomatic embargo by regional U.S. allies including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates amid accusations of its ties to “terrorist organizations.” Qatar has denied the allegations.

Sherman Changes Office Policy After Staffer Accused of Harassment
New approach will have senior staffers ask junior ones of same gender if they’ve seen anything

Former aide Matt Dababneh, left, then a California state assemblyman, appears with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., at a town hall meeting last February. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

California Rep. Brad Sherman said he would change his office’s policy on reporting sexual harassment following allegations against a former staffer.

Sherman’s former aide Matt Dababneh, who resigned from the California Assembly last month, faced multiple allegations of sexually harassing women while he worked in Sherman’s office.

More Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Former Sherman Aide
Matt Dababneh, who worked for California congressman from 2005 to 2013, has announced he’ll resign from Assembly

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting hosted by California State Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, left, in Van Nuys in February. Dababneh worked for the congressman from 2005 until 2013, when he was elected to the Assembly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Three more women have accused Matt Dababneh, the former chief of staff to California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, of sexual misconduct.

Dababneh, now a California Assemblyman, announced he would resign from the Assembly on Jan. 1 after being accused of sexual assault while working for Sherman.

Former Sherman Aide Accused of Sexual Assault
Matt Dababneh, now a California assemblyman, worked as aide to Sherman from 2005 to 2013

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting hosted by state Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a former Sherman aide, in Van Nuys in February. Dababneh is accused of performing a lewd act in front of a lobbyist last year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

A former aide to Rep. Brad Sherman who is currently a California state assemblyman is being accused of sexual assault

Matt Dababneh is being accused by lobbyist Pamela Lopez, who said Dababneh sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas bathroom in 2016, The Associated Press reported.

Word on the Hill: Drag Racing
Bonus digital challenge results, ‘Flint’ screening, and raising funds from ‘Hamilton’

Members of Gays Against Guns DC dress in drag as Rep. Barbara Comstock during the costume parade before the start of the 30th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

So what is Gays Against Guns DC’s problem with Rep. Barbara Comstock?

The group, known has GAG, will be back at the annual 17th Street High Heel Race tonight, high heels and all, protesting the Virginia Republican. While last year’s protest was a week before her re-election, this year’s will focus on her stance on guns and “her lack of action for common sense gun violence prevention measures,” the group said in an emailed statement. 

Jackie Speier, Gwen Moore Join Calls for Trump’s Impeachment
Moore asks Republicans to help with effort

California Rep. Jackie Speier invoked Voltaire in calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two Democratic lawmakers called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after his remarks Tuesday defending some protesters at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Trump said there was “blame on both sides” at a news conference on Tuesday and there were some “very fine people” protesting on the same side as the white supremacists.

After Shooting, Members ‘Numb’ — And Defiant
Some argue game must go on

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton, center, and his sons, board the Rayburn subway in the basement of the Capitol after a shooting at the Republicans’ baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress reacted to the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning with a mixture of sadness, shock and defiance. 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, along with a Capitol Police officer, a lobbyist and a staffer were shot. Another Capitol Police officer was injured, as was Rep. Roger Williams of Texas.