The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved:
* S-2201, to help protect against cybersecurity threats and other technological supply chain security vulnerabilities by creating a standardized training program to help federal employees responsible for purchasing services and equipment identify whether those products could compromise the federal government’s information security.
* S-1324, to create a pilot project in DoD and DHS for a “Civilian Cyber Security Reserve” of people with cyber security expertise and who are former federal or military personnel who could be activated as needed to become temporary federal employees much like military reservists can be activated for active duty.
* S-533, to require agencies to explicitly state in guidance documents that the guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and is intended only to provide clarity to the public about existing legal requirements or agency policies. That would not apply to guidance not intended to have a substantial effect on the behavior of regulated parties, as well as internal executive branch legal advice or opinions addressed to executive branch officials.
* HR-367, which recently passed the full House, to create an acquisition professional career program in DHS to include specialized acquisition training.