Wednesday, November 17, 2021

HR 5960 Introduced – SLTT Cybersecurity

Last week, Rep Neguse (D,CO) introduced HR 5960, the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021. This bill is almost identical to the version of S 2520 recently reported in the Senate. It would codify existing outreach and support activities by CISA to support State, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

Differences from S 2520

With the exception of a couple of missing comas, the only difference between this bill and S 2520 is the addition of a run-on phrase (highlighted below) in the proposed subsection (p) for 6 USC 659. This version changes subparagraph (1)(G) to read:

“(G) provide operational and technical assistance to SLTT entities to implement tools, products, resources, policies, guidelines, controls, and standards and best practices and procedures on information security;”

Moving Forward

Neguse is not a member of the House Homeland Security Committee to which this bill was assigned for consideration. This means that there is unlikely to be adequate influence to see this bill considered in Committee. I see nothing in this bill that would engender any specific opposition. If it were considered in Committee, I would expect it to receive significant bipartisan support.

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