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House Lawmakers to Consider Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Bill

The House will take up on Tuesday a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to report procedures and policies to disclose identified computer software vulnerabilities, Nextgov reported Monday.

The Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Act would also mandate the DHS secretary to describe how the department head cooperates with other federal agencies and critical infrastructure sectors in efforts to detect, prevent and address cyber vulnerabilities.

Former and current administration officials have said the government discloses nearly 90 percent of software vulnerabilities authorities uncover, the report noted.

The House Homeland Security Committee approved the bill, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), through a voice vote in September last year.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the cost of implementing the bill would not exceed $500,000 through 2022.

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