Biden appointees split on key cyber bill

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CISA Director Jen Easterly has praised the reporting mandate as a critical tool for enhancing the nation’s cyber defenses. But on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the legislation would make the country “less safe” and FBI Director Christopher Wray said it had “serious flaws.” An FBI official later told POLITICO that certain provisions might discourage companies from talking to the bureau and make it harder for the government to disrupt cybercrime gangs.

The White House said Thursday night that it supports the bill, which it said “will ensure the federal government rapidly receives information about cyber incidents affecting critical infrastructure.” It expressed interest in tweaking the bill to address DOJ’s concerns — but didn’t threaten that Biden would veto the measure if lawmakers don’t make those changes.

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