Federal Manager's Daily Report

Arlington, VA - March 2016: Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which serves as the central location for coordinating cybersecurity and communications protection across multiple sectors. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

The Senate has passed S-1846, to require better coordination on cybersecurity between DHS and state and local governments through steps such as conducting cybersecurity exercises, providing operational and technical cybersecurity training and providing notifications of specific incidents and malware information.

A report on the measure says that while DHS already serves as the primary resource for disseminating threat information, educational materials and cyber support programs, internal reviews and congressional hearings have shown a need for fuller cooperation. State and local governments “often lack the resources and technical capabilities to identify malicious activity, and protect and secure their information systems from vulnerabilities that leave them susceptible to potentially crippling cyberattacks,” it says.

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The Senate also has passed S-2193, to clarify that federal employees authorized to use a charge card to refuel a motor vehicle may also use their charge card and other forms of payment to pay for the charging of electric motor vehicles.