Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bills Introduced – 07-06-16

With both the House and Senate in session yesterday there were 38 bills introduced. Of those three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 5634 Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes. Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]

HR 5639 To update the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act, and for other purposes. Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4]

HR 5643 To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance, and for other purposes. Rep. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL-8] 

The DHS spending bill is being introduced awfully late in the session, particularly for an election year. It is unlikely to receive consideration as a stand-alone bill. Still it will be interesting to see what is included in the Committee Report on this bill.

The NIST authorization bill will be covered only if it includes specific provisions related to cybersecurity, particularly control system security.

The active shooter bill will probably not be mentioned again, but I am hoping that it will have at least some sort of provision requiring the Department to address the unique aspects of active shooter situations at chemical storage/production facilities.

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