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July 14, 2022

Chairman Thompson Announces Bipartisan Homeland Security Bills Passing the House

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives completed passage of three bipartisan homeland security measures that were debated on June 21st.

“I am glad the House came together to pass these three bipartisan homeland security measures to make specialized training to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes available to State and local officials, bolster cybersecurity workforce training on industrial control systems, and protect CBP officers against accidental exposure to fentanyl on the job,” said Chairman Thompson. “I also congratulate Rep. Slotkin for working across the aisle to develop a timely legislation to reauthorize the National Computer Forensics Institute so that law enforcement from across the country are able to continue to receive training from the U.S. Secret Service on how to address ransomware and other cybercrimes. I look forward to my colleagues in the Senate act expeditiously on this and the other two House-passed bills.”

The three House-passed bills, previously approved by the Committee on Homeland Security on a bipartisan basis, are:

The National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Act of 2022 (H.R. 7174was introduced by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL). This bill would reauthorize the U.S. Secret Service’s training center which educates law enforcement, prosecutors, and judicial personnel on legal and effective way to process computer evidence related to ransomware attacks and other computer crimes. This bill passed the House on July 13, 2022.

The Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training Act (H.R. 7777was introduced by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA). This bill would direct the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to establish training to develop and strengthen the skills of the cybersecurity workforce related to securing industrial control systems. This bill passed the House on June 21, 2022.

The Prevent Exposure to Narcotics and Toxics (PREVENT) Act (H.R. 5274was introduced by Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH). This bill aims to protect frontline CBP officers who may be exposed to fentanyl during their inspection activities.  It authorizes training for CBP personnel on the use of containment devices to prevent secondary exposure to fentanyl and other potentially lethal substances. This bill passed the House on July 13, 2022.

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