DHS cyber bill awaits Obama's signature

A bill to codify the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity role will hit the president’s desk after House passage Thursday morning.

“I think that’s a very important move,” Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperInstead of raising the gas tax, stop wasting money on frivolous projects To stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists MORE (D-Del.) told The Hill directly following the bill’s passage. Carper, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sponsored the Senate bill that passed unanimously earlier this week.

ADVERTISEMENT

The bill officially authorizes the creation of a cybersecurity information sharing hub. Known as the NCCIC, or National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the hub is a repository for cyber information from myriad government and industry sources. It also dissiminates cyber threat information to its partners.

But to this point, the NCCIC “exists on paper only,” Carper said.

“There’s no real authorization for it, there’s nothing in the law that says this should exist, what the authorities are, what the responsibilities are,” he added. “So we addressed that.”

The last week of Congress has seen a surprising wave of piecemeal cyber legislation pass after larger bills stalled.

Three other cyber bills are also awaiting the president’s signature.

Wednesday night, Congress passed a bill to implement new policies about how government agencies manage and respond to data breaches.

Lawmakers were also able to push through two cyber workforce measures this week that bolster the ability of DHS to recruit and retain cyber-focused employees.

The White House has not indicated it would veto any of the bills.