Legislation introduced to make GISRA permanent

Legislation introduced to make GISRA permanent

A bill under consideration by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee would prevent the lapse of the Government Information Security Reform Act at the end of the month.

GISRA, part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001, requires agencies to assess and report on the security of IT systems and to include security requirements in budget requests. The Office of Management and Budget reports to Congress on the state of the executive branch's IT security.

Under a sunset provision in the act, GISRA's provisions expire Nov. 29. S 3067, introduced late Monday by ranking committee member Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), would repeal the expiration and make the requirements permanent. It also would officially rename that portion of the authorization act the Government Information Security Reform Act.

Provisions to make GISRA permanent have been included in a number of other bills, including an e-government bill in the House and the Homeland Security bill. But that legislation may not pass before the 29th.

'We view this bill as a safety net,' said committee staff member Michelle Semones. If other bills are not enacted in time, S 3067 could be quickly discharged from committee and acted upon.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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