H.R.2952 - CIRDA Act of 2013113th Congress (2013-2014)
Summary: H.R.2952 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)
Introduced in House (08/01/2013)
Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013 or the CIRDA Act of 2013 - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Science and Technology to transmit to Congress: (1) a strategic plan to guide the overall direction of federal physical security and cybersecurity technology research and development efforts for protecting critical infrastructure, (2) a study on the use by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of public-private research and development consortiums for accelerating technology development for critical infrastructure protection, and (3) updates every two years.
Requires such plan to include: (1) an identification of critical infrastructure security risks and the associated security technology gaps that are developed following performance of a risk/gap analysis; (2) a set of critical infrastructure security technology needs that is prioritized based on risk and gaps identified; (3) an identification of laboratories, facilities, modeling, and simulation capabilities that will be required to support the research, development, demonstration, testing, evaluation, and acquisition of such security technologies; and (4) an identification of current and planned programmatic initiatives for fostering the rapid advancement and deployment of security technologies for critical infrastructure protection.
Requires such study to: (1) focus on aspects of critical infrastructure protection that are predominately operated by the private sector and that would most benefit from rapid security technology advancement; and (2) include a summary of the progress and accomplishments of on-going consortiums for critical infrastructure security technologies, a prioritized list of technology development focus areas that would most benefit from a public-private research and development consortium, and a proposal for implementing an expanded research and development consortium program.
Directs the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, in coordination with the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, to designate a technology clearinghouse for rapidly sharing proven technology solutions for protecting critical infrastructure. Requires DHS's Privacy Officer to annually review the clearinghouse process to evaluate its consistency with fair information practice principles. Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to conduct an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of such clearinghouse and the clearinghouse for information relating to technologies established under such Act.