Just before Congress adjourned for their Easter Recess Rep McKeon (R,CA) introduced HR 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and the GPO actually published the bill yesterday. This is one of those bills that I would expect to watch for cybersecurity provisions because of the DOD responsibilities in that field.
As with the FY 2012 bill we do not see any cybersecurity provisions in the initial iteration of the language of HR 4310. The cybersecurity programs in DOD are relatively small and are easily buried in the large dollar amounts authorized for the Department. We are very likely to see specific cybersecurity provisions added during the markup process and the House Armed Services Committee report on this bill may provide some funding details on larger cybersecurity programs.
In short, this is a bill to be watched.