recommended reading

House committee OKs bill to boost Homeland Security technology

The House Homeland Security Committee passed on Thursday a $2.27 billion authorization bill for the Directorate of Science and Technology, the Homeland Security Department's research and development arm, to address gaps in technology.

The Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act (H.R. 4842) and its amendments, which passed by unanimous voice and recorded votes, would double the cybersecurity research and development budget to $75 million for each of the next two years.

Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., who leads the science and technology subcommittee, sponsored the bill, which requires DHS to study the Defense Department's venture capital programs to build its own model.

The bill mandates that the Science and Technology Directorate work with the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences to devise market-driven solutions to cyber threats, such as accounting procedures requiring companies to report information security practices.

In his opening statement, Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., stressed the need to reduce red tape for private enterprises. "I cannot tell you how many times I have been approached by a company with a novel homeland security technology that has been frustrated by how difficult it is to work with S&T," he said.

The legislation creates an Office of Public-Private Partnerships to reach out to the private sector, and evaluate and provide feedback on unsolicited scientific proposals within 60 days of receiving them.

This is the first authorization bill for the Science and Technology Directorate since Homeland Security was created in 2002.

Threatwatch Alert

Network intrusion

Florida’s Concealed Carry Permit Holders Names Exposed

See threatwatch report


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.