CSG Urges Congress to Act on Cyber-Security Legislation, Consider Key Principles

Today, The Council of State Governments joined The National Emergency Management Association and eight other organizations representing state and local government officials to urge Congress to consider key principles while developing legislation to protect the nation’s information infrastructure.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cyber-security bill last week and the Senate is currently considering a bill which is expected to come to a vote later this month.

The organizations called on Congress to consider five principles during the consideration of cyber-security legislation, including the role of state and local government, the need for collaboration between state and local government, and a request that Congress specifically safeguard against unfunded mandates and violations of individual civil liberties. The groups stated, “The combined capacity of federal, state, and local governments to adequately safeguard the Nation’s critical infrastructure systems remains essential to ensuring effective operations across the full spectrum of the threats we face.”

The letter, sent to leadership of the House and Senate as well as the leaders of the relevant Congressional Committees, was signed by the American Public Works Association, Council of State Governments, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Chief Information Officers, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Emergency Management Association, National League of Cities and U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers.

The full text of the letters to the House can be read here: http://bit.ly/LQTlT8

The letter to the Senate can be read here: http://bit.ly/K3cKvU