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The Senate has passed a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill (S-3600) affecting federal agencies that pulls together provisions of a number of previous bills; it now moves to the House.

The bill would require agencies to report to the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within 72 hours of experiencing a substantial cyber attack; update the threshold for agencies to report cyber incidents to Congress; improve coordination among agencies; require the government to take a risk-based approach to cybersecurity; and reauthorize for five years the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to “ensure federal agencies can quickly and securely adopt cloud-based technologies that improve government operations and efficiency,” sponsors said.

Meanwhile a newly introduced House bill (HR-6682) would revise a number of the special personnel rules applying to employees of the VA under a 2017 law. The measure would repeal a provision of that law that barred arbitrators and the MSPB from reducing a disciplinary penalty—essentially creating an all or nothing choice—and reinstate a higher standard of evidence needed to support a disciplinary action on appeal.

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