Monday, June 12, 2017

Committee Hearings – Week of 06-11-17

This week with both the House and Senate in session the FY 2018 budget is still the big deal in congressional hearings. There are also three other hearings that may be of specific interest to readers of this blog; DHS authorization and cybersecurity


Because of having to deal with the FY 2017 spending bill earlier this year, Congress is behind in the budgeting/spending process. Hearings this week will be looking at the department budgets. These are high-level discussions of the President’s spending plan; don’t expect much in the way of details.

Hearings of potential interest to readers of this blog include:

• Monday, House, DOD, Armed Services Committee;
• Tuesday, Senate, DOD, Armed Services Committee;
• Wednesday, House, DOT, Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee;
• Wednesday, Senate, DOD, Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee;
• Thursday, House, DOD, Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee;
• Thursday, House, DOT, Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee;
• Thursday, House, EPA, Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee;

DHS Authorization

As I mentioned earlier today, the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a markup hearing Wednesday on HR 2825, the FY 2018 DHS Authorization Act. There is already a link to the substitute language that the Committee will markup. I expect that we will see additional amendments posted to the site tomorrow afternoon.


There will be two cybersecurity related hearings this week. One will look at IOT opportunities and challenges and the other will look at WannaCry.

Tuesday the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing looking at “Disrupter Series: Update on IOT Opportunities and Challenges”. The witness list includes:

• Mark Bachman, Integra Devices
• Gary D. Butler, Camgian Microsystems Corporation
• Cameron Javdani, Louroe Electronics
• Peter B. Kosak, General Motors North America
• Bill Kuhns, Vermont Energy Control Systems LLC
• William S. Marras, the Spine Research Institute

On Thursday the Oversight Subcommittee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a joint hearing on “Bolstering the Government’s Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned from WannaCry”. The witness list includes:

• Salim Neino, Kryptos Logic
• Charles H. Romine, National Institute of Standards and Technology
• Hugh Thompson, Symantec

• Gregory J. Touhill, Carnegie Mellon University

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