Joint public hearing on cybersecurity issues for local governments and municipal authorities

Senate Communications and Technology Committee and Local Government Committee

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 1 p.m.

Hearing Room 1, North Office Building


1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.                   Opening Remarks
                                                                Senator Brown, Majority Chair, Local Government
                                                                Senator Pennycuick, Majority Chair, Communications & Technology
                                                                Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government
                                                                Senator Dillon, Minority Chair, Communications & Technology

1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                   Panel 1: Local Government and Municipal Authorities
                                                                Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
                                                               John Berti, IT and Telecom Manager – Testimony
                                                               Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority

                                                               County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
                                                              Joe Sassano, Executive Director of IT & Chief Information Officer – Testimony
                                                              York County

                                                              Pennsylvania Municipal League
                                                              Ken Cochran, Information Technology Division Manager – Testimony
                                                              City of Reading

                                                             Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
                                                             Mark E. Stivers, AICP, Borough Manager – Testimony
                                                             Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County

                                                             Brian Rengert, Deputy Director of Government Relations – Testimony
                                                             Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.                   Panel 2: Cybersecurity Experts
                                                             Susan Parnas Frederick, Esq., Sr. Federal Affairs Counsel – Testimony, Powerpoint
                                                             National Conference of State Legislatures

                                                             John D. Alwine, Region Director – Pennsylvania – Testimony, Powerpoint
                                                             Tom Guenther, Information Technology Sr. Client Executive

                                                             Clifford Shier, CCISO, CGEIT, CISM, Managing Principal
                                                             Mai Abdelhakim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Testimony
                                                             University of Pittsburgh

2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                   Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Additional Written Testimony – Ferguson Township, Centre County

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