It was a relatively busy day for submitting legislation in both houses of Congress yesterday, 24 bills in the Senate and 59 in the House. Two of the bills may end up being of interest to members of the chemical safety/security community and the cybersecurity community, HR 1163 and HR 1204.
HR 1163 Latest Title: To amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to revise requirements relating to Federal information security, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. (R,CA)
HR 1204 Latest Title: To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Bennie G. (D,MS)
HR 1163 could end up being anything from a bill to regulate federal IT security measures to addressing how classified information is handled. If it is the latter, it could have some impact on information sharing with critical infrastructure. That would be the most likely way that this could be of potential interest to readers of this blog.
HR 1204 is most likely going to be another passenger related security measure. It could, however, include provisions for the ASAC to look at cargo security. If that’s the case it would be a bill that I would be following.