Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HR 1668 Passed in House – IoT Cybersecurity


Today the House took up HR 1668, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, under the suspension of rules provisions. The bill was passed by a voice vote. The House Oversight and Reform Committee amended and adopted the bill back in June, but it does not appear that that was the version of the bill that was passed by the House today.

A quick look at the version of the bill printed in the Congressional Record [pg H4351] shows some significant differences from the introduced version and the substitute language taken up by the Committee. A quick-look listing of some of the differences includes:

• Passed version contains a ‘Sense of Congress’ section 2,

• Passed version does not include a definition of ‘covered device’, and

• Passed version adds definitions for ‘operational technology’, ‘information system’.

According to yesterday’s Congressional Record, the House Oversight and Reform Committee published their Report on the bill yesterday, but an official version of the Report has not yet been published by the GPO. A reported version of the bill is, however available, and it does not look like the version passed in the House yesterday.

I will have more on this as I get more information.

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