House Bill to Create Insider Threat Program

Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 06:10 PM gHale

The House Committee on Homeland Security voted to establish an insider threat program in the Department of Homeland Security.

The committee approved the Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2015 Sept. 30 as part of a session addressing everything from cyber security strategy to a series of internal reform efforts.

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The insider threat bill, sponsored Rep. Peter King (R-NY), would provide training, education and investigative support for protecting against internal enemies.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) voiced his concern that the bill not become “a back door for DHS to deploy continuous evaluation” on individuals, but declined to offer an amendment to the bill.

“I believe we have a responsibility to engage with DHS before granting its authority to deploy such a program,” Thompson said. “Without clarifying language [the bill] may be seen as authorizing DHS to move forward before this committee can set forth what our expectations are for such a system. For that reason … I reluctantly oppose [the bill].”