Senators Want DHS to Thwart Federal Data Breaches

Collins and Warner speak just before their press conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Should the Department of Homeland Security be able to protect taxpayers' information on the IRS website without asking for permission?  

A bipartisan coalition of senators says yes, and they're pushing legislation that would give the Homeland Security secretary powers to detect intrusions on .gov domains and take steps similar to what the National Security Agency can do with the Pentagon.