Important Washington Legislative Update
In a recent message we asked for NCISS members to send a donation for the NCISS Legislative Fund which pays for our lobbyist. Here, in a nutshell, is an update on serious legislative threats and why your donation is so important:
Partisan gridlock and an upcoming election have slowed many legislative initiatives in Congress, including some issues of concern to NCISS. But the necessity to deal with budget matters this year and a national security concern with possible cyber attacks will provide several opportunities in the near future for Congress to act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has made cybersecurity legislation a top priority, and a bill was recently introduced by several leading committee chairmen. Senate staff has said that this legislation may be amended to include other privacy issues, including data breach measures. One of those bills includes a limitation on some uses of pretexting. Budget and appropriation bills to fund government also must be considered this year before Congress adjourns for the election. And those budget bills will provide another opportunity for privacy bills to be considered. You'll recall that this has happened before, notably with the FACTA amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act.