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S. 2975 (114th): Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2016 (Reported by Senate Committee).


Calendar No. 647


2d Session

S. 2975

[Report No. 114–361]


May 23, 2016

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

September 27, 2016

Reported by , with amendments

Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic


To provide agencies with discretion in securing information technology and information systems.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016.


Agency discretion to secure information technology and information systems


In general

In carrying out section 3554 of title 44, United States Code, any action taken by the head of an agency that is necessary to limit, restrict, or prohibit access to any website the head of the agency determines to present a current or future security weakness or risk to the information technology or information system under the control of the agency, and any impact or implementation of such action, shall not be subject to chapter 71 of title 5, United States Code.


Consideration of communication needs


In general

After taking an action under subsection (a), the head of an agency shall, upon the request of employees of the agency, take into consideration and seek guidance on the personal communication needs of the employees of the agency.


Rule of construction

Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to establish a right to collective bargaining.

(b) (c)


In this section—


the terms agency and information system have the meanings given the terms in section 3502 of title 44, United States Code; and


the term information technology has the meaning given the term in section 3552 of title 44, United States Code.

September 27, 2016

Reported with amendments