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Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. MYRICK. Mr. Chairman, first, like other Members today, I want to express my gratitude and thanks to Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger for all of the work that they've done, just the incredible bipartisan working relationship that they've established on our committee. It really is kind of unheard of, and we're very proud of it, and I'm very proud to be a member of the committee.

I rise today to urge my colleagues to support my amendment to the Intelligence authorization bill, and I'm pleased that Representative Wolf is a cosponsor of this initiative, and I'd like to thank him for his support and all his work on this issue.

This amendment would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit an unclassified report to Congress that would identify foreign suppliers of information technology with ties to a foreign government, military, or intelligence service. It would also require the DNI to provide an assessment of the risks associated with such entities.

The U.S. Government has serious concerns about public and private sector information technology supply chains. A network is only as secure as the components that make up that network. If the origin of those components is unknown or the security of those components is compromised, that's a major flaw in the network.

I believe these concerns need to be better shared with industry and the public. Sharing more information along these lines will help the private sector better understand potential risks and take action that will help the U.S. Government mitigate its supply-chain concerns.

The more that the private sector knows of potential problems, the better it can protect itself. If the private sector is more aware of potential risks, then it can better work with the Federal Government to mitigate potential supply-chain concerns.

I would like to thank Chairman Rogers for his support of this amendment, and I again urge my colleagues to support the amendment on the floor.
I reserve the balance of my time.


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