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house Bill H.R. 666

Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017

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Title

Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Insider Threat Program, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish an Insider Threat Program, which shall: (1) provide training and education for DHS personnel to identify, prevent, mitigate, and respond to insider threat risks to DHS's critical assets; (2) provide investigative support regarding such threats; and (3) conduct risk mitigation activities for such threats. DHS shall establish a Steering Committee. The Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis shall serve as the Chair and the Chief Security Officer as the Vice Chair of the Committee. The Under Secretary and the Chief Security Officer, in coordination with the Steering Committee, shall: develop a holistic strategy for DHS-wide efforts to identify, prevent, mitigate, and respond to insider threats to DHS's critical assets; develop a plan to implement the strategy across DHS components and offices; document insider threat policies and controls; conduct a baseline risk assessment of such threats; examine existing programmatic and technology best practices adopted by the federal government, industry, and research institutions; develop a timeline for deploying workplace monitoring technologies, employee awareness campaigns, and education and training programs related to potential insider threats; consult with the the Under Secretary for Science and Technology and other stakeholders to ensure that the Insider Threat Program is informed by current information regarding threats, best practices, and available technology; and develop, collect, and report metrics on the effectiveness of DHS's insider threat mitigation efforts. DHS must submit to specified congressional committees biennial reports over the next six years on: how DHS and its components and offices have implemented such strategy; the status of DHS's risk assessment of critical assets; the types of insider threat training conducted; the number of DHS employees who have received such training; and information on the effectiveness of the Insider Threat Program, based on such metrics.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed January 31st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017

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    Timing is everything and the timing of this makes it sound like a great strategy to root out anyone not in total agreement with the pres. (After all, dissenting increases your risk of DOING something about it, right?) From the bill: “(F) develop a timeline for deploying workplace monitoring technologies, employee awareness campaigns, and education and training programs related to identifying, preventing, mitigating, and responding to potential insider threats to the Department’s critical assets;" -- This is HORRIFYING. It is asking people to spy on their coworkers and foster an environment of suspicion and fear.
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    This bill creates a new program and committee within DHS which appears to replicate existing services and provides no funding to do so. Further, some of the phrasing is sufficiently vague as to be prone to misuse against American citizens. We do face internal threats, but this is not an effective strategy to address them. Full Bill Text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/666/text
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    What does this bill entail, exactly?? I cannot support something so vague and open-ended, particularly when it entails the examination of people already residing on US soil.
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    Too vague and could be used to limit access or get rid of whistleblowers or others who seek to provide the public with information regarding actions within their own government.
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    After skimming the bill, the gist of it is that an "Insider Threat" is someone who works with classified information and may be in a position to leak classified info. They want to set up a committee to figure out how to oversee and police potential "Insider Threats" within the government itself.
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    This is a vaguely-worded bill that doesn't respond to any named credible threat, but increases the powers of DHS exponentially. The vagaries concern who might be considered an "insider threat" or "security assets," which could be almost anyone, according to the language of this bill.
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    Too vague, could be a return to McCarthyism
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    This seems like an obvious ploy to take innocent citizens out who speak out against immigration bands like the one Trump issued on Friday. Absolutely not.
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    Having looked up the text to this bill, I am TERRIFIED. The "Insider Threat" program is meant to punish whistleblowers who wish to expose governmental wrongdoing. However, it doesn't stop there. The bill is worded so that ANY person involved in governmental activities, including state, local and tribal leaders, could be punished for speaking out against anything that's deemed "a threat to national security". As we know already, the disgusting people in charge consider any disagreement a threat. If this bill passes, it means those we elect will have no ability to speak out without the threat of being prosecuted and jailed, or worse, for treason. This bill is an affront to the values we hold dear in this country, especially free speech. It's authoritarian in nature at best, and fascistic at worst.
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    No, it sounds like a way to quash whistle blowers.
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    This seems very vague and would possibly give too much power to the current administration who has already asked for the names of those working on various projects the president does not agree with.
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    This bill creates a new program and committee within DHS which appears to replicate existing services and provides no funding to do so. Further, some of the phrasing is sufficiently vague as to be prone to misuse against American citizens. We do face internal threats, but this is not an effective strategy to address them.
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    This is far too vague, likely purposely so, and equally likely to be misused. When one considers the sponsor of the bill, this is even more likely. Mr. King should perhaps take a break from proposing new bills for the interim.
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    "The call is coming from inside the house" !?!? Scare tactic much? So we should be scared of immigrants and now we should be scared of our neighbors. Fear fear fear. No.
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    Rep. King would be well served to review Executive Order 9835 ("The Loyalty" Bill) signed by Pres. Truman in 1947. Joseph McCarthy used it pretty well, don't you think?
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    This bill sounds like another way to strengthen citizen spying. I vote no.
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    We need more protection for government whistleblowers, not more restrictions that make it harder for them to act!
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    Don't we have enough spying on American citizens?
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    Unless we are planning a full-blown reenactment of 1984 and V for Vendetta, vote "no" on this too broad and overreaching change.
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    The phrasing and word choice here are not only vague, but far reaching and open to wide interpretation. This is only setting the stage for witch hunting and internal mistrust.
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