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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

House panel amends bill to audit agencies on adoption of cyber framework

November 1, 2017
In The News

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has amended legislation that would institute audits to track how agencies are implementing a key cybersecurity framework mandated by the Trump administration. 

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) with backing from committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), is designed to promote the use of a lauded cybersecurity framework produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory body within the Department of Commerce. 

The original bill would have made NIST responsible for conducting audits of agencies’ cybersecurity posture in order to assess how well they are meeting the standards, a detail that prompted some criticism. However, the modification proposed this week would instead place this responsibility with the inspectors general within agencies, who already have the statutory authority to conduct such audits.

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