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house Bill H.R. 85

Do Federal Agencies Need A More Comprehensive Plan For Protecting Critical Infrastructure?

Argument in favor

There is a vital need to protect critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats, especially those which could adversely impact day-to-day life in America. This bill ensures a plan is in place in the event that those systems are threatened.

JoeBiden's Opinion
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05/25/2015
"Investing in our infrastructure creates of a virtuous cycle of creating good-paying jobs and attracting companies."
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Pam's Opinion
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11/06/2015
I usually vote no against most things that cost money. This, however, is a real weaken in our counties security. and deserves support
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/04/2015
Looking at the trial runs of terrorist activities in San Jose does suggest our grid and our fiber optic information system channels are being targeted.
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Argument opposed

It seems unlikely that all federal agencies would have the competence to not only administer their regular duties, but also take on responsibilities for physical and cyber security. Risk management plans do not work in unpredictable environments.

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03/10/2016
Listen this is a law that will and can infringe upon many of your rights plus the taxpayer dollars that will be poured into this will be unbelievable. Corporations have made billions of profits and it's now a time to update the system so why not put it on the backs of the taxpayers! You can live without electricity,water and gas! History proves that. Preparing for it is the responsibility of every individual and not that of the government. If the government wants to do anything then they should make it where you are less dependent upon corporations and more self reliant to support yourself or your family in time of emergency!
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
The incompetence is funding improvements to our infrastruction makes it clear that this would only be another fallacy.
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John's Opinion
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07/11/2015
What a pathetic joke! "Create something to improve the government's awareness of how well protected both physical and cyber infrastructure is in near-real time." That is the best the genius' in Washington can come up with? You can't put a little thought and indicate what "something" is?
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What is House Bill H.R. 85?

This bill would make into law the objectives and priorities outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive 21. In general, these focus on strengthening critical infrastructure by directing the Executive Branch to: 

  • Create something to improve the government's awareness of how well protected both physical and cyber infrastructure is in near-real time.
  • Be fully aware of how bad an infrastructure failure could be for the whole country. 
  • Develop partnerships between the private and public sectors.
  • Update the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
  • Develop comprehensive research and development plan that outlines how the government can help state and local entities to protect their critical infrastructure

What exactly is critical infrastructure? It can mean anything from the electricity that runs through U.S. homes and businesses, the water you shower with, telephones, televisions, the Internet, roads, public transit, waterways, banks and financial systems — basically anything that is foundational to the way you live your life. Under H.R. 85, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would pair with federal agencies and departments to put procedures for protecting critical infrastructure into action.

Impact

All federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), congressional committees, the DHS Secretary, the President.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 85

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

This bill outlines the following strategic imperatives for all federal agencies that monitor or work with critical infrastructure to abide by:

  • Data collection, refinement, and clarification should be conducted across the federal government in order to promote critical infrastructure security.

  • Effective measures that support information exchange should be investigated, and based on those findings, baseline data and systems requirements for the federal government can be established.

  • Recommendations for planning and operational decisions to protecting critical infrastructure from terrorist threats.


The DHS Secretary would be directed to create a research working group that studies the infrastructure security of the U.S. and suggests recommendations for improvement. The working group would have experts in terrorism prevention and response, in addition to cyber-security experts and disaster response planners.


The existing public-private partnership model and its effectiveness will be reviewed, and recommendations for improvement in terms of information sharing will be delivered.


A National Infrastructure Protection Plan shall be provided to the president and congressional committees. This plan will:

  • Identify a risk management framework to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against terrorist threats.

  • Offer a method by which critical infrastructure can be prioritized in the event that multiple critical infrastructure systems are impacted.

  • Protocols for synchronizing communication and actions that can allow the federal government to effectively respond to critical infrastructure terrorist threats.

  • Metrics and analysis processes to be used to measure the Nation’s ability to manage and reduce terrorism risks to critical infrastructure.

  • Consider the dependencies of various sectors on energy and communications systems during a terrorism event or natural disaster, and identify pre-event and mitigation measures or alternate capabilities during disruptions to those systems.


Media:

Presidential Policy Directive 21 Summary

Federation of American Scientists Summary

Computer World

Forbes (Opposed)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user angelocesare)

AKA

Terrorism Prevention and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2015

Official Title

To codify the objective of Presidential Policy Directive 21 to improve critical infrastructure security and resilience, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


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      Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
    "Investing in our infrastructure creates of a virtuous cycle of creating good-paying jobs and attracting companies."
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    I usually vote no against most things that cost money. This, however, is a real weaken in our counties security. and deserves support
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    Listen this is a law that will and can infringe upon many of your rights plus the taxpayer dollars that will be poured into this will be unbelievable. Corporations have made billions of profits and it's now a time to update the system so why not put it on the backs of the taxpayers! You can live without electricity,water and gas! History proves that. Preparing for it is the responsibility of every individual and not that of the government. If the government wants to do anything then they should make it where you are less dependent upon corporations and more self reliant to support yourself or your family in time of emergency!
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    Looking at the trial runs of terrorist activities in San Jose does suggest our grid and our fiber optic information system channels are being targeted.
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    Emergency planning is the primary function of these agencies.
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    Our NERC CIP standards are a joke, they are reactionary instead of proactive.
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    What a pathetic joke! "Create something to improve the government's awareness of how well protected both physical and cyber infrastructure is in near-real time." That is the best the genius' in Washington can come up with? You can't put a little thought and indicate what "something" is?
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    Yes!
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    It seems this would be a likely terrorist target. Homeland Security needs to to be prepared.
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    If it's broke...fix it.
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    Well, they nay votes seem to believe that government incompetence is the rule. But that's only true in places like Flint Michigan , or West Virginia, when republican led governments intentionally sabotage it. New York City has wonderful water, by the way, cause even our "republicans" aren't morons.
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    We need to prepare for the next attack which will be cyber and power interruption.
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    The incompetence is funding improvements to our infrastruction makes it clear that this would only be another fallacy.
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