Cybersecurity

House bill backs new cyber program at Energy

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 641963182 By 4kclips Department of Energy in Washington - WASHINGTON DC / COLUMBIA - APRIL 7, 2017 

The Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Department of Energy. (Photo credit: 4kclips/Shutterstock.com)

The administration's request for a new budget line for cybersecurity activities at the Department of Energy earned big backing in an FY2019 appropriations bill.

The bill provides $146 million -- $50 million more than the administration's request – to establish the Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response unit at DOE. Under the bill, $11 million of the funds would be available for two years -- giving the department additional flexibility to manage its spending.

The Trump administration requested of $96 million to set up the office in February.

At a March Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said CESER would help consolidate funding to address the agency's expanding cybersecurity responsibilities. He said it would also establish a more direct line of intra-agency communications concerning cyber threats to energy infrastructure.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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