Friday, July 14, 2017

Bills Introduced – 07-13-17

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session, there were 51 bills introduced. Of those, two may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 3219 Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes. Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12]

HR 3240 To improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector by directing the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the National Academies and other appropriate Federal agencies, to develop a national smart manufacturing plan and to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing programs, and for other purposes. Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]

As usual I will be watching the Defense spending bill for cybersecurity matters. A copy of the bill is already available, but I am still waiting on the copy of the Committee Report to be published.

HR 3240 is probably a bit of a long shot for coverage here. ‘Smart Manufacturing’ should mean automation and use of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) so I would hope (but probably not expect) that this bill would also include ICS cybersecurity provisions.

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