January 19, 2022

Neguse Proposal to Strengthen National Cybersecurity Workforce Enacted into Law

Washington D.C.— A proposal led by Congressman Joe Neguse to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity workforce was recently enacted into law. The proposal was incorporated into the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Biden at the end of 2021. 

“I’m grateful to see our bill to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity workforce enacted into law,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Our proposal will streamline hiring, and provide for closer coordination between armed forces and the intelligence community, safeguarding all Americans from foreign threats. Fostering collaboration across cybersecurity agencies will ensure that no threat goes undetected.”

Originally introduced by Congressman Neguse in the House of Representatives as H.R. 6077, this provision will authorize the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the Federal Government, thus strengthening cooperation across national security agencies and boosting our cybersecurity capabilities.

Congressman Neguse has shown his devotion to enhancing cyber security, pushing for critical laws that address necessary refinements in U.S. national security. With the unprecedented amounts of data and information being circulated this provision will streamline U.S threat assessment and management.

Congressman Neguse is also sponsoring the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act, previously passed in the Senate by Sen. Peters and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). This provision, which seeks to foster cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and state and local actors, would encourage the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to share vital security tools and protocols with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

In total, Congressman Neguse enacted 8 laws in 2021. This is in line with his performance throughout his time in Congress, as his first-term total of 9 bills signed into law made him the most effective lawmaker in his class and one of the 10 most effective legislators in the 116th Congress