Senate Bill 1281
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2018
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on Apr 17, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
May 25, 2017
Latest Action
Sep 25, 2018
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
1281
Congress
115
Policy Area
Government Operations and Politics
Government Operations and Politics
Primary focus of measure is government administration, including agency organization, contracting, facilities and property, information management and services; rulemaking and administrative law; elections and political activities; government employees and officials; Presidents; ethics and public participation; postal service. Measures concerning agency appropriations and the budget process may fall under Economics and Public Finance policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
New Hampshire
California
Colorado
Passed
April 17, 2018
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text as passed Senate: CR S2224)
Summary

Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017 or the Hack DHS Act

This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a bug bounty pilot program to minimize vulnerabilities to DHS information systems.

"Bug bounty program" is a program under which an approved computer security specialist or security researcher is temporarily authorized to identify and report vulnerabilities within DHS information systems in exchange for cash payment.

Under such program, DHS shall:

  • provide monetary compensation for reports of previously unidentified security vulnerabilities within the websites, applications, and other DHS information systems that are accessible to the public;
  • develop an expeditious process by which computer security researchers can register with DHS, submit to a background check, and receive a determination as to approval for program participation;
  • designate mission-critical operations within DHS that should be excluded;
  • consult with the Department of Justice on how to ensure that program participants are protected from prosecution for activities authorized under the program;
  • award competitive contracts to manage the program and for executing the remediation of identified vulnerabilities; and
  • engage interested persons, including commercial sector representatives, about the structure of the program.
Text (5)
September 25, 2018
April 18, 2018
April 17, 2018
February 26, 2018
Amendments (1)
Apr 17, 2018
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 2238
To improve the bill.
Agreed To
Actions (16)
09/25/2018
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 752.
09/25/2018
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 115-964.
09/13/2018
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
09/13/2018
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
04/18/2018
Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
04/18/2018
Received in the House.
04/18/2018
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
04/17/2018
Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (text as passed Senate: CR S2224)
04/17/2018
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text as passed Senate: CR S2224)
04/17/2018
The committee substitute as amended agreed to by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S2224)
04/17/2018
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2223-2225)
02/26/2018
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 335.
02/26/2018
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 115-209.
10/04/2017
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
05/25/2017
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
05/25/2017
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
May 26, 2017 12:41:40 AM
Updated
Dec 15, 2020 5:18:48 PM