House Republicans request $250 million for security project

House Republicans request $250 million for security project

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

APRIL 4—House Republican cybersecurity team members have called for a $250 million pilot project to evaluate network security in five federal agencies and have requested language establishing the program in fiscal 2001 appropriations legislation.

The pilot would evaluate the State, Commerce, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments and the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a March 31 letter from five team members to Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and State.

"We are concerned over the vulnerability of the federal government's computer systems to cyberattacks," the letter said. It was signed by Reps. J.C. Watts Jr. (Okla.), Tom Davis (Va.), Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), Bill McCollum (Fla.) and James E. Rogan (Calif.).

"Management of programs that support the cost-effective security of federal information systems remains inadequate," the letter said.

The panel noted warnings from inspectors general, critical General Accounting Office reports and the increasing number of cyberintrusions as reasons to commit funds for federal information protection programs.

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