well, that's the first sensible thing i've seen/read about a dem doing. just as in business which nearly all rely as lifeblood on their IT ntwks, its securitization is due diligence that Grid IT/InfoSec has executive level support w/in the DOE. a major component of that exec level support/oversight which was not mentioned, securitization of proper budgetary allotment/funding to ensure proper InfoSec oversight/mgmt/operation of the Grid's vast assets, physical/digital in operational risk reduction/mitigation and DR (disaster recovery). i'd also hope that part of that office's due diligence to the grid would include the speedy acquisition of hdwr 'safety stock', transformers don't grow on trees, they must be at present, imported from ....... China. this vulnerability is a must fix.