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Lawmakers Modify NIST’s Cyber Auditing Authority Under Proposed Bill

House lawmakers have updated a proposed bill that originally aimed to make the National Institute of Standards and Technology responsible for auditing federal agencies’ cybersecurity, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

The updated legislation would require NIST to support the security audits of agency inspectors general instead of running such audits themselves, the report said.

The bill would also direct NIST to develop a guide on how federal agencies could implement its Cybersecurity Framework as mandated by an executive order released in May.

A spokesperson for the House Science Committee said the bill was revised in response to comments from stakeholders and experts.

The proposed legislation is sponsored by Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Rep. Ralph Abraham, (R-Louisiana) and others.

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