Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bills Introduced – 03-29-17

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 54 bills introduced. Of those three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

S 763 A bill to improve surface and maritime transportation security. Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]

S 768 A bill to improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector by directing the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the National Academies and other appropriate Federal agencies, to develop a national smart manufacturing plan and to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing programs, and for other purposes. Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] 

S 770 A bill to require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to disseminate resources to help reduce small business cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes. Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]

I suspect that S 763 will be very similar to S 3379 that was introduced in the closing days of the 114th Congress. As expected it saw no action.

I will only be looking at S 768 if it provides for cybersecurity measures in support of ‘smart manufacturing’; I’m not holding my breath.

With S 770 I will be looking for specific provisions on, or at least coverage of, control system security issues.

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