Reps. Hurd, Kelly Lead Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen National Cybersecurity

January 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Robin Kelly (IL-02) continued their efforts to strengthen national cybersecurity by introducing a bipartisan bill to elevate and reauthorize the role of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), who oversees the security of our digital infrastructure across the federal government.

“Every single minute of every single day, hackers are trying to steal Americans’ information. From credit card numbers, to social security numbers, our personal information is targeted by bad actors around the globe. Americans should be able to trust their government to keep their 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 introduce this bill with my friend Rep. Robin Kelly so we can continue to work toward finally catching our federal government up with the 21st century.”

“Reauthorizing and codifying the roles of the Federal CIO and CISO will help streamline government IT processes and advance modernization efforts to bring government into the 21st century. This commonsense, bipartisan legislation to increase government effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness unanimously passed the House during the 115th Congress; we need to get this done in the 116th Congress," said Rep. Robin Kelly.

This bipartisan initiative creates a clearer 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.