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House Lawmakers Introduce New Bill to Mandate White House Cyber Coordinator Role

Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill that would make the cybersecurity coordinator role permanent in the White House, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

The Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act unveiled Tuesday would establish a national office for cyber space at the president’s office and comes after Rob Joyce, the Trump administrator’s cyber coordinator, resigned from his post.

Robert Palladino, a spokesman for the National Security Council, confirmed Tuesday that the White House has decided to remove the cyber coordinator position following Joyce’s departure, Reuters reported.

“Today’s actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council senior directors. Streamlining management will improve efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability,” Palladino said in a statement.

Joyce, who resigned Friday, will return to the National Security Agency.

“The decision to eliminate the top White House cyber policy role is outrageous, especially given that we’re facing more hostile threats from foreign adversaries than ever before,” Lieu said.

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