Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Review - HR 8236 Introduced – FY 2023 DOD Spending

Last week Rep McCollum introduced HR 8236, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2023. The Appropriations has already marked-up the bill and have published their Report on the Legislation. This bill may make it to the floor of the House next month, but it is unlikely (based upon recent history) to be considered in the Senate. The report will be made part of the supporting documentation for the final spending bill passed later this year that includes coverage of DOD spending.

There is language in the bill addressing cyberoperations by various agencies within the Department, but nothing of particular interest to the control system cybersecurity community. There is one mention of note in §8140 of the bill. That section provides special authorization for DOD to reprogram cyber program funding to support new and or expanded operations by the United States Cyber Command.

There are numerous references in the Report about cybersecurity operations within the Department and in support of cybersecurity efforts in the larger government. There are also provisions that address increasing the cybersecurity workforce of the Department that would also impact the greater cybersecurity workforce pool for government and civilian operations.

For more details about specific provisions within the bill, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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