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Watch on Washington Top 5- June 2018

By Yejin Jang posted Jun 22,2018 09:02 AM

  1. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Both chambers of Congress have now passed the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) which establishes a Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The Commission is charged with developing a "strategic approach to protecting the crucial advantages of the United States in cyberspace against the attempts of adversaries." The thirteen-member commission would be staffed by private sector and legislative and executive branch members who have expertise and experience with cybersecurity. Read more here
  2. FCC Extends Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process At the behest of several senators, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended its deadline to challenge the coverage maps that would inform the process for Mobility Fund Phase II funding. Roughly $4.5 billion makes up the Mobility Fund Phase II which will go to support and add coverage for areas that lack 4G LTE service. The new deadline is expected to be in November. Read more here.
  3. Chris Krebs to Lead NPPD On June 12, the Senate confirmed Christopher Krebs to lead the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS. NPPD oversees the security for federal civilian networks and is charged with protecting critical infrastructure from cyber and physical threats. NPPD also houses the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure and Analysis; both regularly engage with state government officials. 
  4. CSG Advisory Group on Elections Security The Council of State Governments (CSG) hosted an advisory group meeting on May 22 to develop a strategy to enhance collaboration among state and local leaders working on elections security. CSG has partnered with the Democracy Fund to create the advisory group which will invite officials from eight states to a consortium meeting to be held later this summer. NASCIO is a member of the advisory group. Read more here
  5. ICYMI: GDPR in Effect The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect May 25, 2018 and requires entities located within the EU or those that market goods or services to EU residents (regardless of location) follow several new rules related to privacy and data protection. NASCIO hosted a webinar on the impact of GDPR to state governments, the recording for which can be found here

    See full June edition of NASCIO Connections newsletter here.