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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

House passes Rep. Ratcliffe’s cybersecurity innovation legislation

January 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Two bills introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today to help foster collaborative efforts between the federal government and private sector in boosting cybersecurity innovation:

  • The Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 239) provides for more effective coordination with industry and academia to foster research and development of cybersecurity technologies.
  • The Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2017 (H.R. 240) encourages engagement between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and emerging technology developers and firms to help get our government’s cybersecurity defense and response capabilities up to speed with the challenges of the digital age.

“It’s no secret that the federal government has struggled to keep pace with the exponential levels of technological innovation taking place, and one of my core beliefs as a legislator is that many of the most innovative solutions are best developed outside of Washington."

“That’s why it’s so important for us to engage with emerging technology developers who have already made enormous strides in crafting new tools and strategies that can help us defend our country against cyber threats. The bills we just passed in the House will enable our government to effectively leverage the private sector’s innovation and expertise to strengthen our national cybersecurity posture.”

The two bills are included in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Innovation Initiative, which aims to enable innovation in the private sector and to bring innovation into government.

Ratcliffe is chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, where he’s focused on bringing cybersecurity measures up to speed with the sophistication of cyber threats.