Monday, October 18, 2021

Committee Hearings – Week of 10-17-21

This week, with both the House and Senate in Washington, there is a relatively light hearing schedule. There are two oversight hearings of potential interest here. There is one cybersecurity bill that may finally come up for a vote in the House.

Oversight Hearings

On Tuesday the Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Coast Guard. The witnesses include the Commandant and the senior enlisted person. According to the Committee’s web site, the hearing will look at “the Coast Guard’s role to safeguard our nation’s maritime interests to include budget oversight, oil spill response, marine safety, handling of sexual assault and harassment in the service, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.” I will be surprised if there are any cybersecurity questions raised.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security. The sole witness will be the Secretary. There is no information about the scope of the hearing. With this being the Judiciary Committee, I would not be surprised to see some questions on the Departments legal responsibilities with respect to cybersecurity.

On the Floor

According to the House Majority Leader’s ‘Weekly Leader’ site, we may finally see a vote on HR 4611, the DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021. This bill was considered in the House on September 29th under the suspension of the rules process. At the end of the debate a recorded vote was demanded. The bill has been on the list of potential bills for a vote on a couple of instances since that debate. I expect that the bill will pass when the vote is held.

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