House Approps Offers More Funding for CISA, CDM

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A draft Homeland Security budget released by the House Appropriations Committee today offers $2 billion in funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, $408 million more than the Trump administration’s budget request.

For specific programs, the draft budget bill is short on details, but an accompanying press release notes that the budget includes $156 million for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, an increase of about $30 million over the President’s budget request. The release also highlights $41 million in funding for the National Cybersecurity Protection System, a decrease from the $110 million requested by the White House.

“The bill supports the broad array of homeland security missions, from protecting air travel and our territorial waters, to helping state and local governments prepare for terrorism threats and disasters, to securing our cybersecurity systems and physical infrastructure,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Cali., chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

The bill will go through mark-up Wednesday evening, and if passed go to the full committee.

“I’m very happy to see the House recognizing the resources we need, and I look forward to working with the Senate,” Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity at CISA, told reporters at Tenable’s GovEdge event.

On other areas of technology, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate receives $656 million in the draft budget, a decrease from the current $841 million funding but an increase from the administration’s $583 million FY2020 budget request.

The draft bill also heavily emphasizes providing technology for Customs and Border Protection, including $242 million for new technology at the agency.

 

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