Trump Signs Mitchell STB Information Security Improvement Act into Law

October 17, 2018
Press Release

Shelby Township, MI – Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman 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.


“I am pleased President Trump signed my bipartisan bill, the Surface Transportation Board Information Security Improvement Act, into law. This bill was a simple, straightforward measure that solves a serious problem,” said Mitchell. “Companies and individuals from across the nation interact with and report to the STB and need to be assured their personal and proprietary information is not at risk, and my bill, which is now law, makes the STB update their currently inadequate data security practices.”


To read H.R. 4921, the STB Information Security Improvement Act, click here.