Tuesday, February 22, 2022

HR 6588 Introduced – Cybersecurity Apprenticeships

Earlier this month, Rep Lee (D,NV) introduced HR 6588, the Cyber Ready Workforce Act. The bill would establish a grant program within the Department of Labor to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity. The bill would authorize ‘such funds as necessary’ to be appropriated for this program. This bill is a companion bill (identical language) to S 3570, upon which I reported earlier today.

Neither Lee, nor her sole cosponsor {Rep Fitzpatrick (R,PA)} are members of the House Education and Labor Committee to which this bill was assigned for consideration. This makes it unlikely that the Committee will take up the bill. I see nothing in this bill that would engender organized opposition. If the bill were to be considered in Committee, I suspect that it would receive significant bipartisan support.

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