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ICYMI: Former Cyber Officials Push for Quick Confirmation of Sarah Bloom Raskin

March 04, 2022

Several prominent former cybersecurity officials released a letter urging Senate leaders to confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin, citing the importance of addressing growing cybersecurity threats to the American financial system.

Signatories included former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, former DHS deputy secretary Jane Holl Lute, former DHS undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding and former State Department cyber coordinator Chris Painter.

The letter underscores the importance of quickly confirming Sarah Bloom Raskin and Biden's other Federal Reserve nominees so that they can get to work on crucial issues facing the American economy.

WaPo: Former cyber officials push quick confirmation for Fed nominee
[Joseph Marks, 3/4/22]

It's critical to quickly confirm Federal Reserve vice chair nominee Sarah Bloom Raskin because "the potential for significant cyber impacts is ever more apparent and urgent," former cyber officials write in a letter to Senate leaders shared with the Cybersecurity 202.

Senate Republicans have boycotted Raskin's nomination as they scrutinize her role on a financial technology firm's board. Raskin led an initiative as deputy secretary of the Treasury Department during the Obama administration to standardize approaches to cybersecurity in the financial sector among G-7 nations.

The letter was signed by former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, former DHS deputy secretary Jane Holl Lute, former DHS undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding and former State Department cyber coordinator Chris Painter. It was addressed to the Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), as well as top lawmakers on the Senate Banking Committee, where her nomination has stalled.

Joseph R. Biden, ICYMI: Former Cyber Officials Push for Quick Confirmation of Sarah Bloom Raskin Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/354755

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