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H.R. 5433: Hack Your State Department Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5433 requires the Department of State to take actions to improve the Department’s cybersecurity. First, the Department would be required to establish a Vulnerability Disclosure Process to give security researchers clear guidelines for discovering and reporting security vulnerabilities, which would then be fixed by the Department. Secondly, the bill would establish a one-year bug bounty pilot program, modeled after the Department of Defense’s successful “Hack the Pentagon Program” to reward vetted security researchers who discover vulnerabilities in the Department’s information technology systems. Finally, the Department ...

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Ted Lieu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 10 pages

Apr 5, 2018


Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 25, 2018

This bill passed in the House on September 25, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


53% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 5, 2018

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May 9, 2018
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Sep 21, 2018
On House Schedule

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Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 5433 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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