Tamar Hallerman

Tamar Hallerman is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

GOP, facing tight deadline, makes one last run at health care overhaul
 The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again. Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept...

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The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again. Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept...
Why little has been done to protect people from breaches like Equifax
 The hacking of Atlanta-based credit reporting giant Equifax has revealed the patchwork nature of the nation’s system of cybersecurity when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. The breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of 143 million Americans, has also revealed how little protection and how...

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The hacking of Atlanta-based credit reporting giant Equifax has revealed the patchwork nature of the nation’s system of cybersecurity when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. The breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of 143 million Americans, has also revealed how little protection and how...
Crowdfunding site urges Georgians to run for Congress
 WASHINGTON — New billboards popping up in greater Atlanta and Northwest Georgia this week will have a different sort of message than
            the typical plugs for local eateries and colleges: run for office. The San Francisco-based political startup Crowdpac is launching a new national campaign in Georgia urging citizens to consider...

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WASHINGTON — New billboards popping up in greater Atlanta and Northwest Georgia this week will have a different sort of message than the typical plugs for local eateries and colleges: run for office. The San Francisco-based political startup Crowdpac is launching a new national campaign in Georgia urging citizens to consider...
Ga. lawmaker defends bill curtailing class actions after Equifax hack
 WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk is shooting back at consumer protection groups and other critics who have slammed
            his bill to curb the use of class action lawsuits in the aftermath of Equifax’s mammoth data breach. The groups, including the National Association of Consumer Advocates and...

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WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk is shooting back at consumer protection groups and other critics who have slammed his bill to curb the use of class action lawsuits in the aftermath of Equifax’s mammoth data breach. The groups, including the National Association of Consumer Advocates and...
Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers
 The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to...

Posted: 3 days ago

The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to...
Georgia lawmakers want Equifax probe before sanctions
 The Senate’s top Democrat compared Atlanta-based credit bureau Equifax to the beleaguered company Enron on Thursday and called on Equifax’s board and CEO to step aside if they can’t commit to protecting the 143 million Americans whose personal information was compromised in a whopping data breach. Senate Minority Leader...

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The Senate’s top Democrat compared Atlanta-based credit bureau Equifax to the beleaguered company Enron on Thursday and called on Equifax’s board and CEO to step aside if they can’t commit to protecting the 143 million Americans whose personal information was compromised in a whopping data breach. Senate Minority Leader...
Georgia lawmakers urge caution after Equifax hack
 WASHINGTON – Georgia lawmakers in Congress are seeking answers from the Atlanta-based credit firm Equifax in the wake of its 
            massive security breach, but many say they want to hear from top executives before considering any next steps. Many of the state’s representatives have tread carefully after the hack, which...

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WASHINGTON – Georgia lawmakers in Congress are seeking answers from the Atlanta-based credit firm Equifax in the wake of its massive security breach, but many say they want to hear from top executives before considering any next steps. Many of the state’s representatives have tread carefully after the hack, which...
Savannah-based congressman attended UGA game as Irma targeted district
 By Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Southeast last weekend, the congressman representing Georgia’s coastal region was
            900 miles away, watching 
            Georgia’s football team edge out Notre Dame in Indiana. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, was one of...

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By Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Southeast last weekend, the congressman representing Georgia’s coastal region was 900 miles away, watching Georgia’s football team edge out Notre Dame in Indiana. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, was one of...
Ga. Congressman Barry Loudermilk, wife involved in car accident
 WASHINGTON — The office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk said the two-term Republican and his wife are recovering after a car accident
            near Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Loudermilk and his wife Desiree were driving on I-40 on the way back to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning when their
            car was...

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WASHINGTON — The office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk said the two-term Republican and his wife are recovering after a car accident near Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Loudermilk and his wife Desiree were driving on I-40 on the way back to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning when their car was...
Georgia lawmakers defend surveillance plane based in Warner Robins
 The Pentagon has been eyeing alternatives to a long-standing plan to upgrade a fleet of surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force Base, according to members of Georgia’s congressional delegation, who excoriated the news. The state’s two U.S. senators and three House members wrote to Defense Secretary James Mattis late...

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The Pentagon has been eyeing alternatives to a long-standing plan to upgrade a fleet of surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force Base, according to members of Georgia’s congressional delegation, who excoriated the news. The state’s two U.S. senators and three House members wrote to Defense Secretary James Mattis late...
Congress expected to move quickly to approve Irma recovery money
 Congress is expected to act soon to send more federal money to Irma recovery efforts as the Southeast begins the long damage-assessment process following the record-setting storm. Sources on Capitol Hill expect lawmakers to act within weeks to approve more money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal offices such as...

Posted: 7 days ago

Congress is expected to act soon to send more federal money to Irma recovery efforts as the Southeast begins the long damage-assessment process following the record-setting storm. Sources on Capitol Hill expect lawmakers to act within weeks to approve more money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal offices such as...