Friday, June 5, 2009

Dueling Smart Grid Cyber Bills

First, here's the line-up:
  • H.R. 2165
  • H.R. 2195
  • S. 946
And a brief overview of who's involved:
Officials at the Federal Regulatory Commission, which has the responsibility of regulating the power grid, have complained that current laws do not allow timely, flexible security standards and leaves the grid vulnerable to cyberattack in a quickly evolving, increasingly networked environment. H.R. 2165, the Bulk Power System Protection Act of 2009 , was introduced April 29 by Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.). H.R. 2195 was introduced April 30 by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss). A companion bill to Thompson's legislation,  was introduced in the Senate April 30 by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Click here for GCN's details of the tussle between DHS, FERC and others over who owns which parts of the smart grid cyber security domain.

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