The House Homeland Security Committee is planning a major push to pass legislation that will improve the cybersecurity of government supply chains, a staffer told Nextgov.
It’s not yet clear, however, if that push will focus on the Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act, which the committee passed last week, or a broader Trump administration proposal, which has yet to be introduced as formal legislation, the staffer said.
The committee-passed bill applies only to the Homeland Security Department and would give the department’s secretary authority to ban contractors that pose cybersecurity and national security risks after a formal review.
It was sponsored by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., but also boasts six cosponsors, including committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and ranking member Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
The Trump administration proposal would authorize the Homeland Security secretary to bar contractors across the civilian government. It would grant similar authorities to the defense