Who’s in charge during a cyber attack on electric lines that cross state lines? A draft bill, in a Senate Committee, would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to set grid cyber standards. But the North American Electric Reliability Corp. already establishes grid reliability standards in most of the U.S.. NERC is arguing that FERC should not get expanded authority unless NERC also does. Gerry Cauley, President and Chief Executive Officer of NERC, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the cyber legislation. He explained for Federal News Radio why what’s good for FERC is good for NERC.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.