While the House was working on cybersecurity bills and the Senate on gun control legislation there were three bills introduced that might be of specific interest to the chemical security and cybersecurity communities. They are:
HR 1583 Latest Title: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish an appeal and redress process for individuals who are screened against the terrorist watchlist and wrongly delayed or prohibited from boarding a flight, or denied a right, benefit, or privilege, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Clarke, Yvette D. (D,NY)
HR 1584 Latest Title: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to prevent terrorism, including terrorism associated with homegrown violent extremism and domestic violent extremism, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Clarke, Yvette D. (D,NY)
S 733 Latest Title: A bill to amend the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to improve the high-end computing research and development program of the Department of Energy, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar (R,TN)
HR 1583 might impact both the TWIC program and the new CFATS Personnel Surety Program. There is no telling exactly what efforts Ms. Clarke is proposing until we see the actual language of her bill. And Lamar’s bill might be a cybersecurity bill or it might just be a cyber bill, only a review of the actual legislation will tell.