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Two House Bills Seek to Provide CISA Subpoena Authority, Steady Leadership

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The House Homeland Security Committee passed two bills that would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to subpoena internet service providers and protect the head of CISA from political whims, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) sponsored the Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification Act of 2020, which would allow CISA to order ISPs to respond to information requests with regard to malicious IP addresses.

The CISA Director Reform Act introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) seeks to commit the agency’s chief to a five-year term.

“By establishing an independently appointed five-year term for the position of director of CISA, we’ll enable CISA to attract the top-level talent required to effectively manage the multitude of responsibilities and threats,” Katko said. "Additionally, the establishment of a five-year term would also guarantee that CISA remain immune to the type of executive-level turnover that could derail it from accomplishing its mission."