Senate Approves DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Office Name Change
On October 3, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Act of 2017. The bill which was previously passed in the House, was originally introduced by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The bill, along with changing the name of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to CISA, would elevate the division to a headquarters function. In essence, this would be on par with the Secret Service, or Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Senate version of H.R. 3359 included anamendment to the original bill, so the amended bill will now return to the House for a vote, and upon passage would then head to the White House for the President’s signature.
If signed into law, CISA will continue to be led by DHS Undersecretary Chris Kreps, and the agency will retain the responsibility of safeguarding the nation’s infrastructure and cybersecurity.To view a summary of H.R. 3359 as passed by the Senate, please click here.
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