Rep. Davis intends to keep GISRA from ending

Rep. Davis intends to keep GISRA from ending

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) is planning to introduce a bill to keep the Government Information Security Reform Act from terminating on Nov. 29.

The Federal Information Security Act of 2002 would pick up where GISRA leaves off and streamline the reporting process, said Davis Marin, a spokesman for Rep. Davis, who chairs the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy.

The bill, which could be introduced next week, would call for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set minimum IT standards for all agencies to follow, and require OMB to make those standards compulsory, Marin said. In some cases, agencies can get a waiver from complying with standards, but Marin said no such waiver would be available under Davis' legislation.

Agencies also would be 'forced' to use best practices in information security, Marin said.

After being introduced, the bill likely would be referred to the Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. The subcommittee would hold a hearing soon after in March, according to the subcommittee's spokesperson.

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