House lawmakers will finally vote on legislation to overhaul the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts this week.
The legislation, long a priority of Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), would reorganize an office at department headquarters tasked with protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats, elevating it into a full operational agency within the department.
Homeland Security officials from both the Obama and Trump administrations have pushed for a reorganization of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the unit that takes the lead on protecting federal networks and critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.
NPPD’s work has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months, as the department works to engage with state and local officials to protect election infrastructure — now designated critical infrastructure — from cyberattacks.
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