The House on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening the federal cybersecurity workforce, an issue that has garnered support after a year of massive information security incidents.
The Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, sponsored by representatives. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaLeft warns Pelosi they will withdraw Biden infrastructure bill House passes defense policy bill overnight Defense and National Security – Iron Dome funding clears House MORE (D-California) and Nancy MasseNancy MaceLawmakers makes an Instagram appearance ahead of the Free Britney rally at the Capitol GOP seeks to keep the spotlight on Afghanistan as Dems pushes Biden’s .5T spending plan forward At least 90,000 students have had to quarantine because of COVID-19 so far this school year MORE (RS.C.), would establish a program to allow cybersecurity professionals to go through several federal agencies and improve their expertise.
The bill would also encourage heads of federal agencies to identify cybersecurity positions that can be rotated within government and give the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) jurisdiction over the federal workforce rotation program. cybernetic work.
The bill was approved by the House by a vote of 410-15.
“We need to make sure our government is protected against growing cyber attacks,” Khanna said Wednesday in a statement provided to The Hill. “It doesn’t just mean making sure the Pentagon and the Department of Defense are well equipped to deal with these threats. This means ensuring that we have a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity implemented across all of our federal agencies. “
“My bipartisan bill with Representative Mace will rotate current federal workers across different agencies to help develop a cohesive cyber response and retain top professionals,” he said.
Mace stressed in a separate statement released Wednesday that “cybersecurity is national security.”
“We’ve all seen how much damage can be done to our economy and our infrastructure when we don’t take it seriously,” Mace said. “In fact, last year 11 federal agencies were hijacked by a group affiliated with Russia. Our cybersecurity challenges are increasing dramatically. I would like to thank Representative Ro Khanna for working with me to get this bill passed through the House, and I urge the Senate to send it to President BidenJoe Biden’s Vaccination Rise Includes Biggest Republican Gain Since April: Gallup Power grab? The Federal Reserve may soon be our only Ford bank asking salaried workers for PLUS vaccine statusoffice as soon as possible. “
The bill had already been approved by the Senate in 2019, but failed to secure a vote in the House. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Internal Security and Government Affairs Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley – Brought to you by Ericsson – Bill would give some groups 24 hours to report ransomware payments (D-Mich.), With Sens. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenHeller won’t say if Biden won the election Former Senator Heller will run for governor of Nevada Photos of the week: infrastructure vote, flooding in India and a bear MORE (D-Név.) And John hoevenJohn Henry HoevenThe 19 GOP Senators Who Voted For T The Hill’s Infrastructure Bill 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – US Gymnast Wins All Around Gold as Simone Biles applauds from The Hill’s stands Morning Report – Featured by Facebook – Huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (RN.D.) reintroduced the bill in the Senate earlier this year, where it was passed as part of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in June.
The invoice was reintroduced in both Houses of Congress amid escalating major cybersecurity incidents, including the SolarWinds hack that allowed Russian government-backed hackers to compromise many US federal agencies, as well as ransomware attacks against companies such as Colonial Pipeline and meat producer JBS USA.