Magazine article Security Management

Congressional Legislation

Magazine article Security Management

Congressional Legislation

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U.S. seaport security. Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-SC) has introduced a bill (S. 1214) designed to increase security at U.S. seaports. The bill would establish a port security task force to coordinate the program. The task force would include representatives from government and the private sector. Private members would include those from port authorities, longshore labor groups and shipping, railroad, and freight companies. The bill would also require that the Coast Guard conduct 10 seaport security vulnerability assessments each year until it has completed an assessment of all 50 U.S. ports.

S. 1214 would also establish local port security committees to help the Coast Guard conduct the assessment. However, the bill would not authorize these committees to help develop security programs arising from the assessments.

Under the bill, the federal government would be required to issue regulations requiring that each port design and implement a security program. The details of the program would be optional but would include provisions to address physical security, access control, restrictions on vehicular access, and weapons restrictions.

S. 1214 has one cosponsor and has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which has already conducted hearings on the measure. According to a spokesperson from Sen. Hollings' office, the committee plans to move quickly on the bill.

For more information on the hearings see "News and Trends," page 14.

Computer security. A bill (H.R. 2435) introduced by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) would protect any information on cybersecurity presented to the federal government for purposes of evaluating the nation's critical infrastructure. Such information would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and from use in any civil lawsuit. Similarly, the government agency would have to secure the information and would be prohibited from releasing it to any third party. The bill would also allow the government to establish cybersecurity working groups to study and report on specific aspects of infrastructure protection.

H.R. 2435 has 10 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Government Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

Defibrillators. A bill (H.R. 2560) introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) would establish an information clearinghouse to process data on placing defibrillators in schools. The clearinghouse would provide education, research, and training, including information about heart attacks among youth.

H.R. 2560 has six cosponsors and has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee. …

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