The draft order is being reviewed at the "highest levels" and some issues still need to be ironed out, she said. President Obama has yet to review it. If he decides to move forward, an executive order would likely establish a system of voluntary standards to be followed by certain critical companies, such as those that control chemical plants or power grids.
The White House pushed Congress to give federal authorities the power to enforce mandatory, and later voluntary, standards, but Congress was unable to move forward with a bill. Now, chances of reviving the legislation appear slim, and the White House has said it is exploring what options it can take on its own.The House passed sharing legislation this past year called CISPA, which the Obama administration threatened to veto because it didn't do enough to protect individual privacy. An Executive Order would require all executive branch offices and departments to follow the stated rules, but would not compel any other government entities to cooperate or act in a similar fashion.