House homeland security panel to cover cybersecurity

The House Rules Committee has referred a cybersecurity bill to the reorganized Homeland Security Committee, in a move that would partly straighten some tangled lines of authority. The Rules Committee has confirmed the committee's authority over cybersecurity issues, which congressional sources said was unclear.

Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced HR 285 to create the position of assistant secretary for cybersecurity in the Homeland Security Department.

Three committees have authority over different aspects of cybersecurity, congressional sources said. The homeland security panel oversees cybersecurity issues related to DHS, the Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the Federal Trade Commission's work, and the Government Reform Committee supervises other federal cybersecurity issues.

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