According to an email sent to National Security Council employees seen by Politico, the decision is part of an effort to "streamline authority" for the senior directors who lead most NSC teams. The NSC now employs two senior directors for cybersecurity, Joshua Steinman and Grant Schneider.
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton (L) and Vice President Mike Pence listen to President Donald Trump announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. "Eliminating another layer of bureaucracy delivers greater 'decision, activity, secrecy and despatch (sic)' as Alexander Hamilton put it in Federalist Number 70". Joyce disclosed last month he was returning to the NSA, The Hill reported.
The news was first reported by Politico and independently confirmed by CyberScoop.
Nielsen said DHS has "strengthened all of our relationships with the silos" in government that Peters mentioned in his question, and said she is in regular contact with Bolton on cybersecurity, the previous statement notwithstanding.
Also on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security unveiled a strategy to guide cybersecurity threats. "There is a lack of discipline and finality in the government when it comes to tackling the cyber crises that we're facing on a global scale, so choosing not to fill the role previously held by Rob Joyce would only weaken the nation's cybersecurity posture", he notes.
Former Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, Jocye's boss, oversaw the cybersecurity program and was pushed out of the White House on Bolton's second day on the job.
"It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize the importance of this growing domain within the White House", Langevin added in a statement Tuesday. He added the Trump administration had mostly followed in the footsteps of the Obama administration before this move.