BY Eric Chabrow
What does the title National Protection and Programs Directorate mean to you? It’s not so clear, unless you are familiar with the organizational chart of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.When John Kelly became DHS secretary in January, the now White House chief of staff couldn’t answer that question after reviewing the department’s organizational chart. “What is that? I don’t know what that is. I don’t know what it means. We’ve got to fix that,” Christopher Krebs, the acting head of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, or NPPD, quoted Kelly at the ISMG Breach Prevention Summit in Washington earlier this year.
Does calling it the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency make more sense? It does to the House of Representatives.
With no objections, the House on Monday passed by a voice vote the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017, or HR 3359, to rename the National Protection and Programs Directorate as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and reconfigure it.
Renaming NPPD would “better communicate its mission to stakeholders, agency partners and the cyber talent DHS needs to come work in the federal government,” said Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-Calif., the Democrats’ floor manager for the bill. “Make no mistake, these are not mere administrative or bureaucratic changes. HR 3359 would transform NPPD into an operational agency on par with TSA or Customs and Border Protection.” The Transportation Security Administration and Customers and Border Protection also reside within DHS. READ MORE