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Rep. Ratcliffe CDM codification bill approved by House panel

Washington, DC, July 24, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe's (R-Texas) Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) was approved today by the House Homeland Security Committee. The bill will codify the Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“OMB found that almost 75 percent of federal agencies are vulnerable to cyber threats, in large part due to their inability to understand cyber risks and therefore prioritize their resources. It is DHS’s CDM program that will help federal agencies and the whole of the federal government understand the threats they face, and the risks vulnerabilities pose in real-time,” Ratcliffe said at the markup. 

“Codifying the CDM program will further DHS’ role in the cybersecurity mission throughout the government and give the newly confirmed Undersecretary of NPPD – Chris Krebs – the kind of ammunition he needs to keep growing this important program.”

An amendment offered by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) was adopted to require DHS to address whether the original four-phased plan for CDM remains the best approach for implementation in its report to Congress required by H.R. 6443.

Click here to view Ratcliffe’s full remarks at the committee markup of H.R. 6443.