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Collins Unveils Measure to Beef Up Federal Cyber Security

WASHINGTON - Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins today introduced bi-partisan legislation aimed at beefing up cyber-security in the federal government.

This follows the recent hacker attack on the government's Office of Personnel Management, which compromised the personal information of more than 21 million current and former government employees, including Sen. Collins herself.

"This cyber attack points to a broader problem: the glaring gaps in the process for protecting sensitive personal and economic information in federal agencies," Collins says.

The Federal Information Security Management Reform Act proposes a number of steps to strengthen the authority of the Department of Homeland Security, giving it more of a free hand to protect the 'dot-gov' domain.

Watch Collins' Washington press conference: