House bill would reauthorize NSF cybersecurity grants at $140M annually
A bill approved by the House of Representatives April 27 would reauthorize National Science Foundation cybersecurity grant programs for $420 million over three years through fiscal 2015.
The bill (H.R. 2096), passed 395-10 as part of a House "cyber week" dominated by discussion of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which the chamber approved April 26.
This bill, sponsored by Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) is known as the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act and would specifically reauthorize six NSF programs that lost authorization after fiscal 2007. NSF has continued to fund the grants under its general authority; during fiscal year 2010, it used $148.62 million of appropriations on them. The McCaul-Lipinski bill would cap the grants at $140 million annually.
It would also strike two grants, the cybersecurity faculty development traineeship program and postdoctoral research fellowships. NSF spokeswoman Lisa-Joyce Zgorski said it would be premature to comment on the bill.
Also approved by the House during cyber week was a bill ( H.R. 4257) sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act to explicitly include continuous monitoring. The CBO says it would cost $710 million over a 5-year period to implement.
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