Congress OKs cybersecurity R&D legislation

Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert

Henrik G. DeGyor

The House last week passed by voice vote the Senate-amended version of the Cyber Security Research and Development Act, clearing the bill for the president's approval.

The bill, HR 3394, would authorize $903 million over five years for systems security research under the aegis of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

President Bush is expected to sign HR 3394 into law shortly.

Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Science Committee, said at a press conference last week on Capitol Hill that he would work closely with homeland security director Tom Ridge, presidential security adviser Richard Clarke and congressional appropriations chiefs to assure that fiscal 2003 appropriations complement the bill's authorization levels.

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