House approves raft of DHS bills
The leader of the House Homeland Security Committee touted the House’s ratification of almost 20 bills that would tackle an array of cybersecurity, border technology and management issues at the Department of Homeland Security.
The 17 bills that cleared the House, according to a Jan 31 statement by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), address border security, transportation security, and cybersecurity defenses, enhance first responder capabilities and streamline DHS’ management efficiency.
The DHS Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017 would require the agency secretary to set up a “holistic” insider threat program within the department within a year of the legislation’s passage. The bill calls for that program to include insider threat identification and mitigation training, as well as investigative support to track down insider threats when they are detected.