HARRISBURG – House Republicans have been fighting to safeguard government information and prevent any disruption in the vital roles that government plays in Pennsylvania communities. House Bill 573 would require annual reports submitted to the governor contain an assessment of any potential weaknesses or risks that may exist within an administrative department.
Recently, the House approved an amendment authored by Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) strengthening protections to avoid information technology (IT) threats to state agencies.
More specifically, the amendment to House Bill 573 would require state agencies to review IT applications and services owned by foreign companies with close relationships to foreign countries.
“At the present time, there is a substantial risk that negative actors will have the ability to infiltrate our agencies,” said Mercuri. “The amendment is essential to House Bill 573 and the risk assessment. This is an important step forward in preparing our state government for future emergencies. I am pleased my House colleagues voted unanimously to approve my amendment.”
The bill is now awaiting action by the House Appropriations Committee.