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Sen. Tom Carper: Lawmakers to Debate DHS’ Security Role in FISMA Reform Push

Sen. Tom Carper
Sen. Tom Carper

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says his collaboration with ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has helped bolster their push for cybersecurity policy reforms, GovInfoSecurity reported Tuesday.

Eric Chabrow writes that Carper and Coburn have submitted three cybersecurity bills to the Senate, including reforms to the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Senators have yet to vote on FISMA reform and Chabrow notes that one issue under is the Department of Homeland Security‘s role in IT security implementation management across federal civilian agencies.

The Carper-Coburn FISMA bill seeks to codify a shift in authority on government cybersecurity programs from the Office of Management and Budget to DHS due to the latter agency’s greater cybersecurity resources, Carper told the publication.

He indicated that OMB should oversee cybersecurity policy but delegate enforcement and implementation to DHS.

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