Monday, July 13, 2020

Committee Hearings – Week of 7-12-20

With both the House and Senate continuing to work in their districts (fund raising and campaigning principally) during the 4th of July Recess, there is a healthy list of virtual hearing taking place in the House. The full Appropriations Committee will be marking up spending bills and there is an informational hearing on HR 7331, creating the Office of the National Cyber Director in the White House.

Spending Bills (Full Committee)

HR 7331

On Wednesday the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “H.R. 7331, the National Cyber Director Act”. The witness list includes:

• Rep Mike Gallagher (R,WI),
• Rep James R. Langevin (D,RI),
• J. Michael Daniel, Cyber Threat Alliance,
• Jamil N. Jaffer, National Security Institute,
• Michael J. Rogers, Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress,
• Suzanne Spaulding, Center for Strategic & International Studies, and
• Amit Yoran, Tenable

The GPO has not yet printed HR 7331 (hopefully this week), but the Committee Staff Memo provides an overview of its provisions. Nothing in that review that specifically addresses control system security issues (not surprising), but this bill is attempting to restore a measure of cybersecurity policy awareness in the White House.

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