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Friday, February 5, 2010

Bobby Bright - Leave our schools and colleges alone

Rep. Bobby Bright [D-AL2]: Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Amendment No. 17 offered by Mr. Bright:

Page 27, after line 7, insert the following new sectionSEC. 111. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STUDY ON THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION.

Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in consultation with the Director of the National Coordination Office, shall enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct and complete a study to describe the role of community colleges in cybersecurity education and to identify exemplary practices and partnerships related to cybersecurity education between community colleges and four-year educational institutions.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 1051, the gentleman from Alabama (Mr. Bright) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Alabama.

Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of my amendment to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061. Put simply, this amendment would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the role of community colleges in cybersecurity education. It would also identify best practices related to cybersecurity education between community colleges and 4-year educational institutions.

By now, we all recognize the need for the underlying legislation. It was made even more evident following the State of the Union last week, when numerous congressional Web sites, including mine, were hacked by foreign actors. Without a doubt, we need to improve our national cybersecurity infrastructure. As the United States transitions into a future which addresses such cybersecurity issues, it will become increasingly important that we adopt advanced job skills and technological savvy. Unfortunately, a high school diploma is often not enough to qualify for the jobs of tomorrow. Recognizing the need for additional education, workers often return to technical schools and community colleges to obtain advanced training.

My amendment will serve to strengthen the community colleges that already play an important role in many of our districts. As demand for a skilled cybersecurity workforce continues to rise, we must be ready to supply it. This amendment will ensure that community colleges will play a role in providing these personnel that will be needed in the future. (leave our education alone Bobby)

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