Senators Want Homeland Security To Be a Leading Cyber Defense Agency

If anything Homeland Security needs to go on a serious diet.
If anything Homeland Security needs to go on a serious diet.


Homeland Security is a massive Jabba the Hutt-like pile of bureaucratic fat. It is a works program (to a large degree) with far too much power. It is full of waste and cronyism. The last thing this agency needs is to be expanded. We’ve got dozens of agencies trolling through cyberspace already. Homeland just wants an even larger piece of the taxpayer funded pie.

Homeland Security has already eaten way too much pie.

Though “security” may be part of the issue here, money is the bigger one, and bringing home cyberbacon. Or cyberpie, or whatever. Jabba’s drooling.

(From Defense One)

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Dan Coats of Indiana, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are behind the bill.  The Democratic backers include Sens. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Mark Warner of Virginia.

“The attack on OPM has been a painful illustration of just how behind the curve some of our federal agencies have been when it comes to cybersecurity,” Warner said in a statement. “If we want to be better prepared to meet this threat in the future, we have to make sure that the Department of Homeland Security has the tools it needs to adequately secure our federal civilian networks.”

Similar language is included in an amendment to a controversial House cybersecurity bill that would exchange threat indications—including, sometimes, personal data—between government and industry.

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