Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bills Introduced – 06-21-18

A day late and a dollar short. On Thursday with both the House and Senate in session, there were 40 bills introduced. Of those three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 6175 To enhance maritime safety, and for other purposes. Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]

HR 6188 To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a program to improve election system cybersecurity by facilitating and encouraging assessments by independent technical experts to identify and report election cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and for other purposes. Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]

S 3109 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019. Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]

The title of HR 6175 is vague to say the least. I will be watching for potential cybersecurity or chemical transportation issues.

I do not plan to expand this blog into the arena or election cybersecurity, but HR 6188’s potentially ground breaking (sorry, overstated deliberately) concept of outsourcing cybersecurity execution to the private sector is something worth looking into.

After a quick review of the S 3109 text and Committee Report I find no specific language for a short-term CFATS extension, but the funding tables do show funding for the program. More on this later.

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