As I briefly noted last week Sen. Mikulski (D,MD) introduced S 1329, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014. The Senate Appropriations Committee also favorably reported the bill for consideration by the Senate.
The bill itself does not contain any specific cybersecurity language; the programs are all funded at too low a level to show up as items in the bill. The Committee Report does provide some cybersecurity language for programs at both NIST and NSF. Interestingly there is no mention of the President’s cybersecurity executive order (EO 13636) in the Report even though NIST is one of the prime movers in executing the EO provisions.
The Committee Report (pg 20) lists three cybersecurity programs supported by NIST spending:
$15,000,000 for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence;
$15,000,000 for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative; and
$24,500,000 for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
There is nothing here that specifically targets control system security, though research funding could be used for that purpose.
The Report notes (pg 122) full funding for NSF cybersecurity research ($159,250,000) which includes $57 million for the above mentioned Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.
A separately funded program, the CyberCorps scholarship for service program is being funded at $45,000,000, which is $20,000,000 above the requested level. The report notes that:
“More than 900 students have completed the program, which was initiated in fiscal year 2001; 92.6 percent of students have placed with more than 120 Federal agencies.”
It would be interesting to see how many of them have since transferred to private industry.
As with all Senate spending bills the typical process will entail the language from this bill being substituted for the House language (in HR 2787 in this case which was introduced yesterday) and then goes to conference to work out the differences. Only in this case this is one of the lower priority spending bills so some version of the two bills will probably get folded into an omnibus spending bill or continuing resolution.