Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Bills Introduced – 6-14-22

Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in session, there were 44 bills introduced. Three of those bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 8053 To provide the Secretary of Energy with the authority to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements to improve the resilience of defense critical electric infrastructure and reduce the vulnerability of critical defense facilities to the disruption of the supply of electric energy to those facilities. Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]

HR 8064 To amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to establish demonstration and pilot projects to facilitate education and training programs in the field of advanced manufacturing. Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35] 

S 4397 A bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to build capacity for counter-unmanned aircraft systems operations. Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] 

I will be watching both HR 8053 and HR 8064 for language or definitions that specifically include cybersecurity of industrial control systems within the scope of the coverage of the bill.

I will be watching S 4397 for language in the bill that could allow for transfer of DOD counter-drone technology to private sector for critical infrastructure defense. I am not really expecting this because of the other legal obstacles to such transfer, but….

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