Biden Signs State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act Privacy Legislation
On June 21, 2022, President Biden signed the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act 2021 (S. 2520) (the “Cybersecurity Act”) and the Workforce Rotation Program Act. federal cybernetics (S. 1097) (the “Cybersecurity”). Workforce Program Act “), two bipartisan bills aimed at improving the cybersecurity positions of the federal, state and local governments.
The Cybersecurity Act amends certain provisions of the National Security Act of 2002. In particular, the Cybersecurity Act provides for better collaboration on cybersecurity issues between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as corporations, associations and the general public. The Cybersecurity Act also extends DHS’s responsibilities, including the imposition of a number of obligations on the National Center for Communications and Cybersecurity Integration (“NCCIC”). For example, under the Cybersecurity Act, the NCCIC, in coordination with federal and non-federal entities, must (1) conduct exercises with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; (2) provide operational and technical training to state, local, tribal and territorial governments; (3) share in real time certain information (e.g., cyber threat indicators, defensive measures, and incident information) with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and (4) provide notices containing specific information about incidents and malware to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that may affect them or their residents.
The Cyber Workforce Program Act establishes a program to allow cybersecurity professionals to rotate through various federal agencies. Under the Cyber Workforce Program Act, the Office of Personal Management (“OPM”) must create a rotating workforce development program in federal agencies, including the development of relevant procedures. , prerequisites for participation, performance measures and requirements for training, education and professional development. OPM must also annually distribute lists of open positions in the program to government employees. The Office of Government Accountability (“GAO”) shall periodically submit to Congress a report evaluating the operation and effectiveness of the rotating workforce development program, which shall at least address the extent to which point agencies have participated in the program and the experiences of employees occupying positions in the program. The Cyber Manpower Program Act aims to enable cybersecurity professionals working in federal agencies to more easily improve their experience and allow the federal government to compete more easily with the private sector in terms of attract and recruit the best talent.
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