Wednesday, November 3, 2021

S 2201 Reported in Senate – Supply Chain Security Training

Last month, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee published their report on S 2201, the Supply Chain Security Training Act of 2021. The bill was amended and ordered reported favorably at a business meeting of the Committee on July 14th, 2021. The amended version of the text of the bill is also available.

The relatively minor changes to the bill would require GSA to provide the developed supply chain risk management training program to all federal agencies, including those in the legislative and judicial branches. The Committee very carefully did not tread on the separation of powers clause in that they did not mandate the use of the training program.

The Committee could have been a bit more magnanimous; they could (should?) have required the GSA to make the training program available to State and local government agencies as well.

The bill is now available for consideration by the full Senate. The bill will not come to the floor under regular order, it is not important enough to consume the Senate’s time under that process. This bill could probably pass under the Senate’s unanimous consent process, but it is more likely to make its way forward as an amendment to some piece of ‘must pass’ legislation.

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