Monday, July 16, 2012

Congressional Hearings – Week of 07-16-12

As the time approaches for the House and Senate to take their lengthy summer break (and go into the full re-election mode) there is little time left for taking serious action on much of anything. With this in mind there is only one hearing this week that might be of interest to the cybersecurity community; everyone else can start planning their vacations.


The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday looking at “Cyber Security and the Grid”. The witness include representatives from FERC (Director McClelland, Office of Energy Projects), NERC (President Cauley), GAO (Director Wilshusen, Information and Technology), and the Ohio PUC (Chairman Snitchler). It’s just a bit late in the session to be holding this hearing, but it is the Senate.

Cybersecurity on the House Floor

According to the House Majority Leader’s web site the House will consider HR 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, there is little in the bill specifically mentioning cybersecurity, there will likely be some sort of amendments that will deal with cybersecurity or cyber-warfare issues. Or maybe not; only one amendment has been printed in the Congressional Record since the House Rules Committee hearing on this bill on June 28th.

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