Jun 12, 2018

Chris Krebs confirmed to Homeland Security

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Christopher Krebs was confirmed Tuesday evening to a top Homeland Security cybersecurity and critical infrastructure post by a Senate voice vote.

Why it matters: National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a division that the Department of Homeland Security and Krebs both hope to change to something more descriptive, heads DHS' cyber and infrastructure resiliency efforts. Krebs is now officially in charge of NPPD. He had been leading the division in an unconfirmed capacity — officially the "Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary."

What he's saying: In a statement, Krebs said "It’s an incredible honor to be confirmed as the Under Secretary; it represents the confidence that the Senate, the President, and the Secretary have in me to do this important job."

  • Krebs has been with DHS since March of 2017 — his second stint at the agency. Krebs was previously on Microsoft's policy team and served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in his first run with DHS.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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