Wednesday, September 18, 2019

S 2470 Introduced – FY 2020 EWR Spending

Last week Sen. Alexander (R,TN) introduced S 2470, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020. Like the House bill (HR 2960), S 2470 provides specific funding for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER, pg 90) and the Appropriations Committee Report includes specific DOE cybersecurity funding.

CESER and Cybersecurity

The Senate bill would fund CESER at $179 million, $29 million higher than the House bill. Of that spending the Committee targets $96 million for Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems. From those monies the Committee requests DOD spend $10 million on the DarkNet project and $7 million for Consequence driven Cyber-informed Engineering.

Finally, the Report recommends continued funding for the two following programs at $3 million for each program:

DE–OE–00000807, “Improving the Cyber and Physical Security Posture of the Electric Sector”; and
DE–OE–0000811, “Improving the Cyber Resiliency and Security Posture of Public Power”

Moving Forward

Again, as with S 2474 this bill will not see consideration as a stand-alone bill. The language will be substituted for Division E of HR 2740 as it starts the consideration process today.

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