Breakdown of Cyber ​​Amendments to House Defense Policy Bill

House lawmakers tabled a jaw-dropping 1,144 amendments to the annual chamber defense policy bill, including nearly two dozen cyber-related proposals.

More amendments could still come to the House Rules Committee ahead of next week’s floor debate on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The policy roadmap authorizes $840 billion in national security spending, including $11.2 billion for Pentagon activities in cyberspace.

Here are the highlights:

SOLARIUM: Rep. Jim Langevin (DR.I.) tabled a pair of amendments that would enact policy recommendations made by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. One would create an “Office of Cybersecurity Statistics” within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to collect, study and share “essential statistical data on cybersecurity, cyberincidents and the cyberecosystem” with the public, Congress , the federal government, the states. and local governments and private industry.

Another amendment by Langevin, a congressional trailblazer on cybersecurity issues who served on the committee and is retiring at the end of the year, would codify “systemically important entities.” The new label would apply to America’s most vital critical infrastructure and require operators to adopt strict digital security standards in exchange for federal support. If passed, it would also create an interagency Council for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Coordination to “facilitate the alignment of future cybersecurity policy and requirements developed by federal agencies.”

CISA: A bipartisan group of House Homeland Security Committee leaders, including Langevin, submitted an amendment to incorporate existing legislation that would extend the CISA director’s term to five years. The measure is an effort to prevent the position from being caught in a political game, as was the case last year when Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) suspended the appointment of CISA Director Jen Easterly, due to unrelated border security issues.

SOLAR WINDS: Rep. Ritchie Torres (DN.Y.) has proposed an amendment that would require CISA to perform an autopsy of the SolarWinds violation and report all findings and policy suggestions to Congress. The Cyber ​​Safety Review Board was originally supposed to investigate the massive breach by Russian hackers, but dropped it to investigate the impact of the high-profile Log4j flaw.

The amendment by Torres, vice-chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also calls on the Government Accountability Office to review the Security Review Committee, which was created by presidential decree last year.

TALENT: A bipartisan amendment drafted by more than a dozen members would establish a “national digital reserve corps,” whereby private sector tech workers could work in short-term federal assignments.

REWARDS: Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) filed a measure that would create a rewards program for cybersecurity operations, allowing the Secretary of Defense and service branch leaders to give “honorary recognition and monetary awards” up to $2,500 for “innovation” in digital operations to military personnel.

SPACE: Murphy, who is not seeking re-election, also proposed an amendment that requires the Secretary of the Air Force, in coordination with the Chief of Space Operations, to review staffing levels and planned cyber squadrons for the Space Force, the nation’s newest military. fork. Specifically, the review would investigate whether any of the service’s existing cantonments are “optimal for transfer to cyber squadrons.”

Martin is a senior cybersecurity reporter for The Record. He has spent the past five years at Politico, where he covered Congress, the Pentagon and the US intelligence community and was a driving force behind the publication’s cybersecurity newsletter.

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