Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bills Introduced – 04-13-18

On Friday, with just the House in session, there were 23 bills introduced. Of those, three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 4 To reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes. Rep. Ryan, Paul D. [R-WI-1]

HR 5515 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13]

HR 5517 To improve assistance provided by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to small manufacturers in the defense industrial supply chain on matters relating to cybersecurity, and for other purposes. Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]

The first two are important authorization bills. The FAA bill has already been printed and includes a title on unmanned aircraft systems that will be looked at here. The NDAA will be watched for cybersecurity provisions. Note that it is odd for Speaker Ryan to introduce the FAA authorization bill and even more so for him to use one of his reserved bill numbers.

I will be looking at HR 5517 for control system security issues. The defense industrial base regulation is always a potential forward indicator of possible congressional action on cybersecurity issues.

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