Senators to offer bipartisan amendment boosting cyber scholarships

Senators to offer bipartisan amendment boosting cyber scholarships
© Greg Nash

A bipartisan pair of senators is introducing an amendment to annual defense policy legislation aimed at expanding an existing federal cybersecurity scholarship program. 

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineAuthorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny Insurer Anthem to cover bare ObamaCare counties in Virginia MORE (D-Va.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers Whatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong Breitbart charts path for 2018 midterm races MORE (R-Miss.) are offering their Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, introduced earlier this year, as an amendment to the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an aide to the Democratic senator said Tuesday.

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The bipartisan bill, which cleared the Senate Commerce Committee in August, would update and expand the cyber scholarship-for-service program run by the National Science Foundation for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields.

Particularly, it would expand the program to offer scholarships to part-time students and establish a pilot program for students and veterans pursuing cyber degrees at community colleges.

The full Senate is taking up the annual defense policy bill this week, following a procedural vote Monday evening to begin debate. Earlier this summer, the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Kaine is a member, approved its version of the defense policy legislation, which included key provisions of a bill introduced by Kaine and Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsOvernight Regulation: Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act for Puerto Rico | Bill would exempt some banks from Dodd-Frank | Senators unveil driverless car bill House sends FAA extension to Trump’s desk with hurricane tax relief Senate passes FAA extension without flood insurance provision MORE (R-S.D.) to revive a federal cyber scholarship program at the Defense Department.

The Senate is using the House-passed version of the legislation as a vehicle for its version of the NDAA.