Hurd & Kelly Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Passes House Unanimously

January 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – One of the first pieces of legislation to pass this year is a bill to help make sure that Americans’ online identities safe from hackers. Today the House unanimously voted to strengthen national cybersecurity by passing U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (TX-23) and Robin Kelly (IL-02)’s Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018. Rep. Hurd spent his career in the CIA keeping Americans safe from global threats and has continued to do so in Congress by championing this bipartisan bill that helps keep Americans’ sensitive online information safe from hackers.  

“From our bank account and credit card numbers to our social security numbers, bad actors across the globe are working around the clock to hack into our digital infrastructure and steal our personal data. Americans need to know that we are doing everything we can to keep their most precious information safe,” said Hurd, a computer science major, cybersecurity entrepreneur and leading voice for IT modernization in Congress. “This bill helps keep the vast information stored by the federal government secure from hackers by making clear that the Federal CIO is in charge of the security of our data across the government. I am proud to lead this bipartisan effort with my friend Rep. Robin Kelly so we can strengthen national cybersecurity and catch our federal government up with the 21st century.”

 “I’m glad that the House has moved quickly to again pass this important bill. Using business and states as a model, we’ve seen how a strong CIO office can help streaming IT processes and accelerate modernization,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “As in the 115th Congress, I’m glad to see that IT modernization remains a bipartisan priority in this Congress.”

This bipartisan initiative ensures the Federal CIO oversees the security of our digital infrastructure and streamlines the IT reporting structure within the Administration by:

  • Elevating the Federal CIO’s role as a Presidential appointee who directly reports to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB);
  • Codifying the Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as a Presidential appointee reporting to the Federal CIO;
  • Directing the Federal CIO to submit a proposal to Congress for consolidating and streamlining IT across federal agencies; and,
  • Reauthorizing and renaming the Office of E-Government as the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO).

This legislation introduced by Hurd and Kelly in the 115th Congress passed unanimously out of the House on November 30, 2018.