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Reuters reports that the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform "has turned up the heat on Target Corp, demanding that the No. 3 U.S. retailer turn over internal documents and messages describing how and when it learned of a recent massive consumer data breach … The committee set a deadline of March 10 for Target to turn over the materials. If the company does not comply, the committee's majority Republicans have the power to issue a subpoena forcing the company's compliance."

The story suggests that the committee, which is controlled by a Republican majority, was dissatisfied with the answers provided by Target execs in a previous hearing: "The House committee also requested any documents generated between November 1 and December 19 referring to discussions about notifying others about the data breach, and any documents generated since December 12 in which any federal agency advised the company to avoid providing information to Congress."
KC's View:
It is this last sentence that explains the committee's real motivations … not to hold Target's feet to the first, necessarily, but to find out if the Administration has been advising Target to be less than forthcoming. Which, by the way, seems like a reasonable question to ask.