Monday, March 5, 2018

Committee Hearings – Week of 03-04-18

This week, with both the House and Senate in Washington for a congressional full-week, budget hearings will be the big news. There will be, however, some other hearings of interest; four of particular interest to readers of this blog; two markup hearings, a cybersecurity workforce hearing, and a Coast Guard programs hearing.

Markup Hearings

On Wednesday the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will ‘continue’ their hearing of last week so that they can start the markup of HR 2825, a DHS authorization bill, that I mentioned last week. The bill was not considered last week because some new amendments were not ready for submission. There is also a possibility that a Senate version of the bill will be introduced this week and then that would be marked up instead of HR 2825.

The House Homeland Security Committee will meet on Wednesday to markup 11 bills. Bills of particular potential interest to readers of this blog include:

HR 5074, the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act

I have not had a chance to review the first five on the list yet, but I will try to get that done before Wednesday.

Cybersecurity Workforce

On Wednesday two subcommittees of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a joint hearing to look at “Examining DHS’ Efforts to Strengthen its Cybersecurity Workforce”. There is no witness list published yet, but I suspect that we will have either a GAO of DHS IG report presented at this hearing. In any case, the problems that DHS (and the rest of the government) is having identifying their cybersecurity needs and then finding the people to fill the requisite positions is just a reflection of the generally increasing need for cybersecurity specialists in the economy as a whole.

 Coast Guard Programs

On Wednesday the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing to look at “Implementation of Coast Guard Programs”. No witness list is currently available. There is a remote chance that the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) program implementation will be addressed. If it is it will almost certainly be touching on the TWIC Reader Rule; we are still waiting on the long overdue publication of a final rule.

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