Monday, July 11, 2016

Committee Hearings – Week of 7-10-16

Both the House and Senate are in Washington this week, but it is scheduled to be their last week until early September. The hearing schedule is fairly light this week with only three hearings of interest to readers of this blog; two cybersecurity and one PHMSA oversight hearing.


On Wednesday the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing on “Value of DHS’ Vulnerability Assessments in Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure”. This will deal with cybersecurity assessments conducted by the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) and Office of Infrastructure Protection (presumably including assessments conducted by ICS-CERT). The witness list includes:

• Matthew J. Eggers, US Chamber of Commerce;
• Robert H. Mayer, United States Telecom Association;
• Mark Clancy, Soltra;
• Mordecai Rosen, CA Technologies; and
• Ola Sage, e-Management

On Tuesday the Energy Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be holding a hearing on S 3018. The witness list includes:

• Patricia Hoffman, US Department of Energy;
• Duane D. Highley, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation;
• Rob Manning, Electric Power Research Institute; and
• Brent Stacey, Idaho National Laboratory

Readers will recall that this is the bill that I called for support via a letter writing campaign.


On Tuesday the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will be holding a hearing looking at “The FAST Act, the Economy, and Our Nation’s Transportation System”. It is not clear what portions of the FAST Act will actually be covered in this hearing. The witness list includes:

• Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, Kansas City Southern Railway Company;
• Jay Thompson, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
• David Eggermann, BASF
• Stephen J. Gardner, Amtrak 

On the Floor

There will be a large number of bills considered in the House this week under suspension of the rules with limited debate, no amendments, and requiring a super majority to pass the bill. Of those being considered only one is of specific (if very minor) interest to readers of this blog; HR 5639, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Improvement Act.

The Senate will take another try at starting debate on HR 5293, the FY 2017 DOD spending bill. Amendments (including one to substitute language from S 3000) will not be filed until the first cloture vote is agreed to. I’m not holding my breath, but this could possibly pass and go to conference before the summer recess.

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