Friday, March 10, 2017

Bills Introduced – 03-09-17

With both the House and Senate in session, there were 78 bills introduced yesterday. Of those, three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 1465 To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes. Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]

S 592 A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to support meeting the increasing needs of the United States for a cybersecurity and information assurance workforce by reinvigorating and modifying the Information Assurance Scholarship Program of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes. Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]

S 594 National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2017. Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]

HR 1465 and S 594 are almost certainly companion bills. I suspect that they will be very similar to HR 4743 and S 3295 that were introduced in the 114th Congress. HR 4743 passed with a strongly bipartisan vote in the House, but neither bill was taken up in the Senate.

On S 592 it will be interesting to see if there is specific mention of control system security and to see if there are funds authorized for the program.

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