Lawmakers Accuse DHS of Stonewalling on Cyber Security Plans

In the this-is-not-a-surprise department, lawmakers accuse DHS of stonewalling on cyber security plans:

“The department has persisted in its ‘go it alone’ mentality and has ignored Congress’ requests for information despite a record that demonstrates its need for oversight and accountability,” added Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who chairs the panel’s subcommittee on cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and security technologies.

The DHS has played an increasingly important role in the government’s cybersecurity effort over the last year.

Congress late last year passed a series of bills that strengthened the agency’s cyber workforce and codified certain aspects of the DHS cybersecurity mission.

Lawmakers are currently considering more bills that would further clarify the agency’s cyber role while strengthening its authority to proactively investigate and defend federal networks across the government.

The House Homeland Security Committee is also drafting a bill that would transform the NPPD.

McCaul said the committee would soon hold hearings as lawmakers work to draft the legislation.

“We welcome the department’s input and look forward to working closely with them on streamlining NPPD’s structure,” he said.

The committee’s bill would rename the NPPD to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection. It would also create two positions to oversee the new wing: a deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and a deputy undersecretary for infrastructure protection.

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