Federal Manager's Daily Report

The House has passed HR-1668, to tighten security controls on the Internet of Things including a requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology work with cybersecurity researchers and industry experts to publish guidance on disclosure to ensure that vulnerabilities related to devices of federal agencies are addressed.

The NIST further would have to issue recommendations addressing, at a minimum, secure development, identity management, patching, and configuration management for IoT devices; any Internet-connected devices purchased by the federal government would have to comply with those recommendations.

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Also, contractors and vendors providing IoT devices to the government would have to adopt coordinated vulnerability disclosure policies, so that if a vulnerability is uncovered, that information is disseminated.

The House also passed S-2193, previously passed by the Senate, to require GSA to clarify that federal agencies may pay by charge card for the charging of federal electric motor vehicles; and HR-2575, to create center of excellence in GSA to “advise and promote” the use of artificial intelligence in the federal government and “improve cohesion and competency” in its use.

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