Putnam tags IT security amendment to 9/11 bill

Putnam tags IT security amendment to 9/11 bill

Rep. Adam Putnam has sponsored a Clinger-Cohen Act amendment to the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Implementation Act of 2004 that aims to bolster federal IT security.

The amendment to HR 5024 would require agencies to detail cybersecurity in the planning and acquisition phases of systems development [see GCN Story].

The Florida Republican penned the amendment after receiving recommendations from the Corporate Information Security Working Group. Putnam, who is chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census, set the group up late last year.

'Chairman Putnam is pleased he can contribute to the package of legislation that has been introduced,' said Bob Dix, the subcommittee's chief of staff. 'He looks forward to the enactment of the entire bill, especially the provision that will give greater attention to information security in federal agencies.'

Putnam expects that the Government Reform Committee, which will mark up the portions of the bill that include the Clinger-Cohen provision, to adopt the amendment. There is no companion provision in the Senate version of the 9/11 bill.

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