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house Bill H.R. 1616

Does the Secret Service Need a Division that Distributes Cyber Crime Info to States and Cities?

Argument in favor

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges need current information about cyber crime. DHS and the Secret Service should provide them with whatever insights they can.

Grover's Opinion
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05/14/2017
All information should be shared between all branches involved
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Sandra's Opinion
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05/14/2017
I think any extra help in fighting cyber crimes is necessary in this day and time before the hackers start shutting down our power grids, banks and nuclear power plants not to mention everything else in our nation that is computer reliant. Not to mention it will create jobs.
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Jacob's Opinion
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05/14/2017
Sure - all the money, time, and energy they're spending protecting Melania and Barron can go toward this instead.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges to have one entity they can rely on for information about cyber crime, as other resources are available.

Brian's Opinion
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05/14/2017
Couldn't this go into the FBI and not homeland security?
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operaman's Opinion
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05/14/2017
OMG, another Division. What about the FBI? The growth of Government is always trying to expand their budget and influence. However, there is a need for Cyber-crime protection that is pro-active and not post-active.
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John.Nutt's Opinion
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05/14/2017
Do we really need another group that soaks up more of our money that does something that the FBI is perfectly capable of doing?
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 2nd, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 2nd, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 408 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 17th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1616?

This bill would establish a National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to be operated by the U.S. Secret Service to disseminate information related to homeland security investigations of cyber and electronic crime. It would operate within the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

The NCFI would distribute information related to threats or acts of terrorism, while also educating and training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges at the state and local levels of government.

Specifically, the NCFI:

  • Must provide education and training on investigation methods, computer and mobile device forensic exams, network intrusion incidents, and methods to obtain, process, store, and admit digital evidence in court;

  • Must ensure that timely, actionable, and relevant expertise and homeland security information related to cyber and electronic crime is shared with such officers, prosecutors, and judges;

  • May provide officers, prosecutors, and judges with computer equipment and tools or such investigations and examinations.

The Secret Service’s network of Electronic Crime Task Forces is to be expanded through the addition of task force officers, prosecutors, and judges who’ve been educated and trained through the Institute. Stakeholders from the academic institutions and the private sector would also be included in this network.

Impact

Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges; DHS, the Secret Service, and the NCFI.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1616

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) also introduced this legislation during the last session of Congress to counteract the constantly evolving threat of cyber crime, saying at the time: 
“The threats facing state and local law enforcement are ever changing. Cyber criminals use technology to commit crimes of almost any type. Our men and women in law enforcement are working in an extremely challenging environment, and it is imperative that we equip them to address these challenges in an effort to protect the most vulnerable from being exploited.”

This legislation has the support of nine cosponsors in the House, including eight Republicans and one Democrat. During the last session of Congress it passed the House by voice vote but wasn't considered by the Senate.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user NEC Corporation of America)

AKA

Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, and for other purposes.

    All information should be shared between all branches involved
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    Couldn't this go into the FBI and not homeland security?
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    OMG, another Division. What about the FBI? The growth of Government is always trying to expand their budget and influence. However, there is a need for Cyber-crime protection that is pro-active and not post-active.
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    Do we really need another group that soaks up more of our money that does something that the FBI is perfectly capable of doing?
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    A division, no. Cooperation between agencies and sharing of info, yes. We have all the players and on't need to spend money in creating another layer.
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    I VOTE NAY! Quit looking for excuses to make government BIGGER and MORE EXPENSIVE! Besides, cyber crime should be handled by the FBI. As for the individual states, they are perfectly able to seek advice and/or help from Big Brother, if they feel there's a need. On a side note, is DHS doing anything about hardening the nation's electrical grids against the very big threat of an HEMP or EMP attack?! Or is that issue a "buck" that is getting passed from department to department? THIS SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY ISSUE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY! Or else, why do they even exist?!
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    I think any extra help in fighting cyber crimes is necessary in this day and time before the hackers start shutting down our power grids, banks and nuclear power plants not to mention everything else in our nation that is computer reliant. Not to mention it will create jobs.
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    Sure - all the money, time, and energy they're spending protecting Melania and Barron can go toward this instead.
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    It's becoming obvious that the campaign premise of "less government" was yet another lie. Just less in the sense of what most benefits you and your lobbyist.....
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    I do not like the expansion of Homeland Security. Why not the FBI?
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    The Department of Homeland Security should be eliminated. The Secret Service should be restricted to security of POTUS, other government officials, and the monetary system. All other domestic investigation and Security functions currently under the DHS should be handed off to the FBI. There are too many departments involved with investigation and security none of which talk to each other!
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    Do not need it, we already have departments to do this.
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    Why isn't this part of the regular operation of the DHS? Why add another costly department to the government? What's the point of the information gathering going on now if it's not to keep local police agencies informed?
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    Funding a new division doesn't solve the problem, give the job to the people already capable of fulfilling the role.
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    Dude after that big recent global cyberattack that affected 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, I think this will be extremely helpful. It's more layers of cyber security.
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    Cooperation between agencies, yes. Expansion of Homeland Security for something that should be in the purview of the FBI? Hell no.
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    As a former military intelligence op, I can say that sharing of information between agencies is very important and almost never happens. How many crimes could be stopped? Child pornography, planned child abductions, etc.
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    This is something the FBI can take care of.
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    We don't need a department of homeland security either.
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    The Secret Service? Really?
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