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POTUS’ FY 2017 budget proposal earmarks $19 billion for cybersecurity, but where will it go?




US President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of his national security team on cybersecurity on February 9, 2016.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of his national security team on cybersecurity on February 9, 2016.
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In his final budget proposal as President of the United States, lame duck though it may be, Barack Obama is making a big push to shore up holes in the nation’s cybersecurity after several major hacks in the U.S. last year, including the Chinese theft of millions of Americans’ security records from the Office of Personnel Management.

The Cybersecurity National Action Plan would, in part, set up a committee of technology and cybersecurity experts from outside the government to make suggestions for best practices and designates $3.1 billion dollars to modernize the federal government’s outdated computer system. 

The Republican-controlled Congress isn’t expected to even consider the budget, and both the House and Senate Budget Committees have said they won’t even hold hearings on the FY 2017 proposal.

Guest:

Tim Starks, national cybersecurity reporter at POLITICO; he tweets from @TimStarks