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House Panel OKs DHS Cyber Function Reorg Bill

US department of homeland securityThe House Homeland Security Committee has approved a bill to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity functions and component responsibilities, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Aliya Sternstein writes the bill would have DHS turn its National Protection and Programs Directorate into an operational agency under the name of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, which would be led by current NPPD leader Suzanne Spaulding.

DHS proposed the name adoption in April as part of efforts to expand its identity to its workforce and other interested stakeholders.

Nextgov said the reorganization would see Phyllis Schneck, current deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at NPPD, transition into an assistant secretary position and have a principal deputy director oversee cybersecurity.

A separate agency assistant director will oversee DHS’ cybersecurity information sharing program, according to the report.

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