06.21.16

House Passes Two Homeland Security Bills Supporting Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House today moved key legislation to promote innovation and increase collaboration between the federal government and emerging technology developers and firms.

Chairman McCaul: “In the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity, it is imperative that the federal government keep pace with new and emerging technologies. Government must also more effectively leverage rapidly advancing innovative solutions to address homeland security needs. Spearheaded by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), and as part of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Innovation Initiative, these bills help to facilitate coordination and cohesion between the Department of Homeland Security and emerging technology developers and firms. Together, we can develop and implement strategies to proactively engage technology hubs across the country and better secure digital America.”

Legislation passed today includes:

  • H.R. 5388, the Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for innovative cyber research and development.
  • H.R. 5389, the Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), encourages engagement between the Department of Homeland Security and innovative and emerging technology developers and firms.

 

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