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House Unanimously Passes Updated FISMA Bill

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that is meant to update existing cybersecurity law used by federal agencies, according to a Federal Times article.

Known now as the Federal Information Security Amendments Act, the bill will integrate an agency’s cybersecurity score with a senior leader’s annual performance review.

Under the new bill, the Office of Management and Budget will oversee cybersecurity programs implementation.

Agencies will also be required to allow chief information officers to develop, implement and oversee information security programs.

Agency inspector generals and designated incident centers must also be notified about any security incidents.

The White House has said it will veto the bill “does not require private entities to take reasonable steps to remove irrelevant personal information when sending cybersecurity data to the government or other private sector entities,” according to a White House statement.

The approved the updated FISMA bill in March.

Federal Times also reported that the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act will be introduced on the House floor today.

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