II. Federal-State Updates
It was another hectic week on the Fed-State front.
On Tuesday, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the departing head of the National Security Agency (NSA) testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Russian interference with the 2016 election and continued efforts to interfere. Under questioning, Rogers said that his office had not been asked by the Administration to find ways to counter Russia’s efforts.
“President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion that there’s little price to pay and that therefore ‘I can continue this activity,’” Rogers said according to The New York Times. “Clearly what we have done hasn’t been enough.”
On Wednesday, NBC was out with another report that left many in the elections field scratching their heads and being forced to respond to questions from the media. In the report, the network said three senior intelligence officials told them that the community believed that state websites or databases had been compromised in seven states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.
In a thread of Tweets, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied NBC’s report and said that DHS remains committed to helping states sure their election infrastructure.