House Bill Seeks to Insulate CISA Director From Politics

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Bipartisan Measure Would Give Cybersecurity Agency Leader 5-Year Term Scott Ferguson (Ferguson_Writes) • September 13, 2021     Former CISA Director Christopher Krebs at the RSA 2020 conference in San Francisco (Photo: Mathew J. Schwartz/ISMG)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to better insulate the director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency from political pressure by giving the position a defined five-year term that could keep the agency’s leader in place even when presidential administrations change, according to a copy of the bill.

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The legislation, called the CISA Leadership Act, would codify the CISA director’s position as lasting five years and also reaffirm that the position will be appointed by the president but require approval

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