Rep. Jackson Lee proposes cybersecurity bill

A bill that would require the Homeland Security Department and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a grant program to bolster higher education programs in cybersecurity has been referred to several House committees.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Jan. 7, would have DHS and NSF start a grant program to help schools enhance cybersecurity education. The money could be used for professional development programs, associate degree programs and purchasing equipment to be used for training, the bill stated.

When discussing cybersecurity, officials frequently mention the need to improve cybersecurity education and DHS officials have said they are working to expand their cybersecurity workforce.

The bill also would create an E-Security Fellows program that would award fellowships to state, local, tribal and private sector officials so that they can participate in and become more familiar with the work of DHS’ National Cybersecurity Division.

The legislation was referred to the House Science and Technology, Education and Labor, and Ho

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • People
    Dr. Ronny Jackson briefs the press on President Trump

    Uncertainty at VA after nominee withdraws

    With White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson's withdrawal, VA watchers are wondering what's next for the agency and its planned $16 billion health IT modernization project.

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.