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H.R. 6824: President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2022 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6824

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 25, 2022

(for herself and Mr. Connolly) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security to hold an annual cybersecurity competition relating to offensive and defensive cybersecurity disciplines, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Act.

2.

President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

(a)

In general

The Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (referred to in this section as the Director) of the Department of Homeland Security is authorized to hold an annual cybersecurity competition to be known as the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition (in this section referred to as the competition) for the purpose of identifying, challenging, and competitively awarding prizes, including cash prizes, to the United States Government’s best cybersecurity practitioners and teams across offensive and defensive cybersecurity disciplines.

(b)

Competition design

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States Code, the Director, in carrying out the competition, may consult with, and consider advice from, any person who has experience or expertise in the development, design, or execution of cybersecurity competitions.

(2)

Limitation

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to consultations pursuant to this section.

(3)

Prohibition

A person with whom the Director consults under paragraph (1) may not—

(A)

receive pay by reason of being so consulted; or

(B)

be considered an employee of the Federal Government by reason of so consulting.

(c)

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the competition, an individual shall be a Federal civilian employee or member of the uniformed services (as such term is defined in section 2101(3) of title 5, United States Code) and shall comply with any rules promulgated by the Director regarding the competition.

(d)

Competition administration

The Director may enter into a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or other agreement with a private sector for-profit or nonprofit entity or State or local government agency to administer the competition.

(e)

Funding

(1)

In general

Support for the competition, including financial support for the design and administration of the competition or funds for a cash prize, may consist of—

(A)

amounts appropriated pursuant to appropriations Acts or otherwise made available for such purpose; and

(B)

in accordance with paragraph (2), funds provided by other Federal agencies, States, United States territories, local governments, federally recognized Tribal governments, or private sector for-profit or nonprofit entities.

(2)

Request

The Director may request and accept funds from other Federal agencies, States, United States territories, local governments, federally recognized Tribal governments, and private sector for-profit and nonprofit entities.

(3)

Obligation and expenditure

Funds accepted pursuant to paragraph (2) shall be credited to, and in addition to, any amounts appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to paragraph (1)(A) to carry out this section, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the Director, may obligate and expend such funds for such purpose—

(A)

without regard to specific authorization relating thereto provided in advance in an appropriations Act; and

(B)

not subject to any condition or purpose relating thereto specified in such appropriations Act.

(f)

Use of funds

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director may use funds available for carrying out the competition authorized under this section for the following:

(1)

Advertising, marketing, and promoting the competition.

(2)

Meals for participants and organizers of the competition if attendance at the meal during the competition is necessary to maintain the integrity of the competition.

(3)

Promotional items, including merchandise and apparel.

(4)

Monetary and nonmonetary awards for competition participants, including members of the uniformed services.

(5)

Necessary expenses for the honorary recognition of competition participants, including members of the uniformed services.

(6)

Any other appropriate activity necessary to carry out the competition, as determined by the Director.

(g)

Prize limitation

The Director may make one or more awards per competition, except that the amount or value of each shall not exceed $10,000. The Secretary of Homeland Security may make one or more awards per competition, except the amount or the value of each shall not to exceed $25,000. A monetary award under this section shall be in addition to the regular pay of the recipient.