Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Update on Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Hearing

Since I wrote about this hearing last weekend the House Homeland Security Committee has updated its web site with a list of DHS witnesses that will be testifying at tomorrow’s hearing on cybersecurity information sharing and DHS capabilities. They are:

• Mr. Charles K. Edwards, Acting [emphasis added] Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
• Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Acting [emphasis added] Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and
• Mr. Larry Zelvin, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

It is a sign of the problems that DHS is having with cybersecurity personnel across the board that two of the three DHS witnesses testifying at the hearing are working in an “Acting” capacity. DHS is at a key juncture in the evolving coverage of cybersecurity issues and they cannot hold on to experienced personnel in key positions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It has been a revolving door since year one when Amit Yoran left. I am not sure there has ever been a year in DHS's eleven year history when half of the critical infrastructure protection positions were filled temporarily with "acting" personnel. The government cannot keep qualified people in these positions because it is simply too bureaucratic and frustrating.

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