Two bills were introduced yesterday that may be of potential interest to the chemical security/safety and cybersecurity communities. That ‘may be’ is a bit more tenuous today than normal, bill titles can be misleading. The two bills are:
HR 2495 Latest Title: 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: Rep Hultgren, Randy (R,IL)
HR 2498 Latest Title: To reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018. Sponsor: Rep Loebsack, David (D,IA)
These ‘High-End Computing’ bills frequently (but not nearly always) include significant cybersecurity provisions. This ag authorization bill might end up containing chemical safety and security provisions following the West Fertilizer explosion.