WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “Complex Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: Lessons Learned from Spectre and Meltdown,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The hearing will review cybersecurity issues raised in response to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, such as challenges with conducting complex coordinated vulnerability disclosure and supply chain cybersecurity, and how best to coordinate cybersecurity efforts going forward. This hearing follows a letter sent by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to 12 organizations about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities and the steps taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities.
- Ms. Donna Dodson, Chief Cybersecurity Advisor and Director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University
- Ms. Joyce Kim, Chief Marketing Officer, ARM
- Mr. Art Manion, Senior Vulnerability Analyst, Computer Emergency Readiness Team Coordination Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Mr. Sri Sridharan, Managing Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, University of South Florida
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.
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The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is an office in the Executive Office of the President that is responsible for issuing regulations to guide agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking questions about the NEPA process, the scope of NEPA analysis, and CEQ’s current regulations. The public comments received might lead to a future proposal for changes to CEQ’s regulations and, eventually, the ways that agencies comply with NEPA.
Comments are due by July 20, 2018
UPDATE: In a letter sent last night to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that it is currently reviewing non-collision fires in all Kia and Hyundai vehicles as part of two on-going investigations related to engine failures. The agency also informed Nelson that it has received 402 complaints of both collision and non-collision fires involving the vehicles.
“I’m glad they’re looking into these fires but they need to pick up the pace,” Nelson said in response to the letter. “Consumers need to know as soon as possible if these vehicles are safe to drive.”
Nelson, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate, Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, plans to ask NHTSA to brief the committee on the timeline for the current investigations and whether they expect to take further action.
Click here to read NHTSA’s letter to Nelson.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Senator presses federal regulator on spontaneous Kia and Hyundai fires
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A key U.S. senator wants to know what’s behind a series of spontaneous non-collision-related fires affecting Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
In a letter sent today to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) called on the agency to detail what steps it’s taking to address the fires, including whether a safety defect investigation is being conducted.
A review undertaken by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) recently found that there were more than 120 complaints filed with NHTSA involving non-collision-related fires in Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
“Spontaneous fires are serious safety hazards and should not be taken lightly,” wrote Nelson, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the automotive industry. “We have to find out what is causing these fires and what can be done to prevent them. Owners need to know if their vehicles are safe.”
According to news reports and NHTSA complaint filings, there have been at least 23 incidents of spontaneous fires in Florida involving Kia and Hyundai vehicles since 2014.
Just last month, an Ocala woman was forced to pull over and flee her 2012 Kia Sorento after it caught fire while she was driving on I-4. That incident came on the heels of two separate fires involving parked and unoccupied Kia vehicles in the Tampa area this spring.
Click here to read Nelson’s letter.
Committee Approves Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator, Other Agenda Items
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today, approved eight bills, four nominees subject to Senate confirmation, and a Coast Guard promotion.
Bills and nominations considered are as follows (approved by voice vote unless otherwise noted):
1. S. 645, Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine)
2. S. 1092, Interstate Transport Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
3. S. 1896, TSA LEAP Pay Reform Act of 2017, Sponsor: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
a) Johnson Substitute (modified)
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4. S. 2941, Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program Act of 2018, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
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5. S. 3094, TWIC Reader Rule, Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
6. H.R. 4254, Women in Aerospace Education Act, Sponsors: Reps. Stephen Knight (R-Calif.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
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7. H.R. 4467, Strengthening Aviation Security Act, Sponsor: Rep. Jody B. Hice (R-Ga.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.)
8. H.R. 4559, Global Aviation System Security Reform Act, Sponsor: Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
9. Nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce
10. Nomination of Heidi R. King, of California, to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (agreed by roll call vote: 14-13)
11. Nomination of Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission
12. Nomination of Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019
13. Nomination of Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 2019 (agreed by roll call vote: 14-13)
14. Promotion of Coast Guard Admiral Andrew S. McKinley
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, June 27, at 10:00 a.m. to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.
Click here for additional information on nominees.
- S. 645, Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine)
- S. 1092, Interstate Transport Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
- S. 1896, TSA LEAP Pay Reform Act of 2017, Sponsor: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
- S. 2941, Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program Act of 2018, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
- S. 3094, Transportation Worker Identification Credential Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
- H.R. 4254, Women in Aerospace Education Act, Sponsors: Reps. Stephen Knight (R-Calif.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
- H.R. 4467, Strengthening Aviation Security Act, Sponsor: Rep. Jody B. Hice (R-Ga.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.)
- H.R. 4559, Global Aviation System Security Reform Act, Sponsor: Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas),
- Nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce
- Nomination of Heidi R. King, of California, to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Nomination of Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission
- Nomination of Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
*Agenda subject to change
Executive Session Details:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Full Committee Markup
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “ZTE: A Threat to America’s Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
This hearing will examine the imminent threat posed to America’s small businesses by the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The hearing will provide committee Members the opportunity to hear from national security experts and cybersecurity firms on steps the administration can take to protect small businesses and American citizens from the dangers presented by ZTE. The hearing will also investigate ongoing efforts being by both the public and private sectors to reduce the challenges small businesses face in dealing with illicit Chinese backed enterprises.Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
Mr. David Linger
President & CEO
Mr. Andy Keiser
National Security Institute
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Mr. Matthew G. Olsen
On the nominees in particular, first, I must express concern that the administration has decided to stack two nominations for the CPSC nominee.
The first term is what we traditionally deal with in this committee – filling the remainder of an unexpired term. In this case, a term that would expire in October 2019.
The administration has decided to stack another seven-year term on top of that through October 2026.
This is not in line with traditional Senate practice and defies the whole premise of the Consumer Product Safety Act – which established staggered terms for the commission.
We’ve seen this before with stacked nominations for the FCC and I certainly don’t hold it against the nominees, but it needs to stop.
These agencies are supposed to be independent and this new practice undermines that.
I would also like to briefly address the nomination of Heidi King to run NHTSA.
As I have noted many times in this committee over the past several years, we have suffered a number of deaths and serious injuries in Florida because of defective Takata airbags.
And we are continuing to see injuries in Florida because many of these recalls have not been completed – often because consumers have to jump through all sorts of hoops to get them done.
I have repeatedly asked Ms. King to demonstrate to me that she’s going to take this issue seriously.
After providing several vague statements on the issue, Ms. King finally sent me a letter yesterday with a minimal plan of action to improve recall completion rates.
I appreciate this step, but the long delay in coming up with this plan indicates to me that she lacks the fire in the belly needed to protect consumers from dangerous vehicle defects.
We desperately need someone in this position who is a champion for consumers.
Sadly, I have concluded that Ms. King is not that person and I will oppose her nomination.
Finally, I am pleased that we are advancing the nomination of Geoffrey Starks today. Mr. Starks has committed to this committee to uphold the public interest.
Right now, Commissioner Rosenworcel alone is holding the line for consumers at the FCC. I hope that the Senate will move quickly on Mr. Starks’s nomination so that he can begin partnering with Commissioner Rosenworcel to fight against the dismantling of the FCC’s core principles.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Good morning. Thank you all for being here. Today we have another full agenda with eight legislative items and five nominations.
I’m especially pleased that we’ll consider my bill, the Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program Act of 2018. The Cooperative Observer Program – or COOP system - is the nation’s largest and oldest weather network, with over 4,000 sites, staffed by over 11,000 volunteers.
In my home state of South Dakota, over 150 residents upload rain, hail, snow, and other weather data from their backyards daily, which provides critical weather and climate data.
Although COOP is a successful program, there are many places with limited observations, particularly in rural areas. Maintaining an adequate volunteer pool is another ongoing challenge as current volunteers move or pass away.
My bill directs the National Weather Service to provide additional support for COOP, particularly in areas with sparse data collection, by increasing COOP volunteer participation, adding data collection stations, and ensuring that long-running stations are continually maintained and staffed by volunteers.
We will also be considering the nomination of Peter Feldman, one of the Committee’s own, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Many of us here know Peter for his role leading bipartisan efforts in consumer protection, product safety, oversight, and investigations. Once confirmed, his temperament, experience, and overall spirit of collaboration will be a great asset to the Commission.
It is my hope that Peter and all of the nominees will be considered on the floor expeditiously.
With that, I will turn to Senator Nelson for any opening remarks.
WASHINGTON—Today, Members of the House Committee on Small Business heard from a panel of national security experts and cybersecurity firms on the existential threat that the Chinese-owned telecommunications firm, ZTE, poses to American small businesses and citizens.
“Hearings by this Committee have shown that small businesses have become top targets for nefarious state-backed actors because they tend to be the softest targets. They have fewer resources to manage their IT systems and respond to cybersecurity incidents, and they often lack the technical knowledge needed to assess the ever-evolving threats,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “When we talk about existential threats to national security—and that is what ZTE is—it is the federal government’s job to protect Americans and American small businesses.”
Small Business Security is National Security
“These aggressors are seeking to disrupt manufacturing not only through the espionage of intellectual property; but also the destruction of the U.S. supply chain by crippling them both financially and through attacks,” said Mr. David Linger, President and CEO of TechSolve, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. “In addition to their contributions to the economy, creating jobs, and building products critical to our daily life and defense of this nation, small manufacturers are especially important because they drive innovation. For those of us that work with small manufacturers who have teetered on the brink of closing their doors due to cyber-attacks; their cyber-crimes are personal, real, and distressing.”
“Small business in America is inherently resilient, creative, and able to adapt quickly to market conditions. One thing small business cannot do effectively, however, is compete against nation-state attacks, aggressive, unrelenting international espionage, and theft of trade secrets. And those are exactly the challenges presented by ZTE and Huawei,” said Mr. Andy Keiser, Visiting Fellow from the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, VA.
“For its part, ZTE has proven to be a particularly bad actor, flouting U.S. export control laws and deceiving regulators. In 2016, the U.S. government found that ZTE violated U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, by using various U.S. components in systems it sold to those two countries,” said Mr. Matthew G. Olsen, President of IronNet Cybersecurity in Kensington, MD. “The critical national security concern going forward is the risk that ZTE and other Chinese-backed technology firms may pose to U.S. telecommunications and other critical infrastructure—risks that Congress and the intelligence community have amply documented.”Click HERE to read full testimony and HERE for full hearing video.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in West Des Moines, IA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 18, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in West Des Moines, Iowa. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines, 5505 Mills Civic Parkway.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Council Bluffs, IA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 17, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who serve as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who serve as the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today announced the introduction of Senate and House companions (S. 3143 and H.R. 6227) of the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018. The legislation would accelerate and coordinate public and private quantum science research, standards, and workforce development to give the United States a competitive advantage as China and Europe vie to achieve technological breakthroughs in this field.
“Furthering quantum science has immense economic and national security implications for the United States,” said Thune. “This legislation will establish a national quantum program and keep us ahead of our competitors, including China, in the race to develop technological breakthroughs based on quantum science.”
“Other nations, like China, have seen how our investments in science grow our economy and now seek to emulate us,” said Nelson. “Ensuring the U.S. remains the world leader in breakthrough technologies will take a national commitment to invest in emerging areas of science, like quantum information science.”
“The National Quantum Initiative Act will accelerate the development of quantum information science in the United States and secure our leadership in the quantum sector,” said Smith. “As other nations are rapidly developing their own quantum programs, the U.S. faces the risk of falling behind. This legislation provides a path forward to ensure that the U.S. secures its influence in the next generation of science and technology. I am glad that Senator John Thune has joined me in introducing this legislation, along with our respective Ranking Democrat Committee Members Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Senator Bill Nelson.
“The bill creates a 10-year federal program that will significantly develop our quantum knowledge. It will bring a whole of government approach to advance QIS to the next level of research and development, while also creating public-private partnerships, leveraging the resources and expertise of government, industry and academia. Through new research facilities and a strong workforce pipeline, students and researchers will have greater resources and opportunities to develop their quantum skills and create the next great computing innovation. There is no doubt quantum technology will revolutionize our world to come. This bill secures American leadership in quantum science and guarantees a first place finish in the great quantum race.”
“I am pleased to co-sponsor the forward-looking National Quantum Initiative Act,” said Johnson. “Advancements in the field of quantum information science promise to revolutionize the way we solve society’s most pressing problems. This legislation will accelerate progress in quantum research and technology development by ensuring interagency coordination and strategic planning with input from stakeholders across the Federal government, academia, and the private sector. At a time when other nations are aggressively investing in this area, this bill is essential if we are to maintain our position as global leaders on quantum.”
Highlights of the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018:
- Accelerate Research – Establishes the National Quantum Initiative Program to speed quantum research and development over the next ten years.
- Establish Interagency Coordination – Authorizes a National Quantum Coordination Office and an interagency Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to oversee interagency coordination, provide strategic planning support, serve as a central point of contact for stakeholders, conduct outreach, and promote commercialization of federal research by the private sector.
- Support Standards Activities – Supports quantum information science research, measurement, and standards development, including a 5-year authorization of $80 million per year.
- Establish Research and Education Centers – Sets up National Science Foundation-sponsored multidisciplinary quantum research and education centers including a 5-year authorization of $50 million per year.
- Encourage Private Sector Involvement – Encourages U.S. high-tech companies and startups to contribute knowledge and resources to a national effort.
Quantum science exploits certain principles of quantum physics, such as the ability of subatomic particles to exist in multiple states simultaneously, for valuable, real-world applications. Scientists believe quantum phenomena will enable future quantum computers to perform complex calculations at speeds that are potentially millions of times faster than today’s most advanced supercomputers. Applications of this technology will also have a profound impact on communication security, navigation, imaging, and many other technologies that are not otherwise possible with conventional systems.
The House version would also establish Department of Energy national research centers, including a 5-year authorization of $125 million per year.
Click here for the full text of S. 3143 the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018.