House Passes Mitchell Legislation, H.R. 4921, the STB Information Security Improvement Act
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10), H.R. 4921, the STB Information Security Improvement Act, which requires that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) implement an information security plan that follows recommendations set out in a recent unfavorable Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (DOT IG) report.
According to the October 2017 DOT IG report, the STB’s information security program was found “not effective,” increasing its “susceptibility to external threats and to non-compliance with Federal requirements and guidelines.” These vulnerabilities leave STB employees’ and railroad stakeholders’ personal information and work unsecured and vulnerable.
The House also unanimously passed H.R. 4925, the FRA Safety Data Improvement Act, which Rep. Mitchell introduced with lead-sponsor Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). H.R. 4925 will ensure better reporting of collected railroad safety data to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The bill requires the FRA to develop an action plan to improve the oversight and collection of rail safety data; allowing for better analysis and use of the data.
“I am pleased that today the House passed two bipartisan bills: my bill, the Surface Transportation Board Information Security Improvement Act, and a bill from my colleague Rep. Josh Gottheimer, the FRA Safety Data Act. Both of these bills are simple, straightforward measures that solve serious problems,” said Mitchell. “Companies and individuals from across the nation interact with and report to the STB and need to be assured their proprietary information is not at risk, and the Surface Transportation Board Information Security Improvement Act makes the STB update their currently inadequate data security practices. The FRA Safety Data Act will ensure that when rail accidents and problems occur, there is a standardized way information can be reported to regulators and policy makers so they can act on it. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take up this legislation.”
To read H.R. 4921, the STB Information Security Improvement Act, click here.
To read H.R. 4925, the FRA Safety Data Improvement Act, click here.