Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified in the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday that the Biden Administration is creating, under the authority of DHS, a “Disinformation Governance Board.”
This new government agency will apparently monitor speech for what it deems “mis- and disinformation” in the interest of combating what Mayorkas described as a “threat not only to election security but to our homeland security.”
“We have just established a mis- and disinformation governance board in the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat not only to election security but to our homeland security,” Mayorkas told the committee.
Mayorkas revealed the creation of this new government agency in response to a question from Rep. Jim Langevin (D.-R.I.).
“Mr. Secretary, can you tell us what the Department's doing to shore up election security from Russian cyber interference, give confidence to the committee and the American people that we've got this and we are ready to protect and defend our electoral process?” Langevin asked.
“Congressman, thank you very much. This is one of our priority areas,” Mayorkas responded. “And as a matter of fact, just a few weeks ago I engaged with secretaries of state from all over the country to focus our efforts on elections security. We are building upon the great work of the former CISA Director Chris Krebs. Jen Easterly is leading of course the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in this effort.
“We have just established a mis- and disinformation governance board in the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat not only to election security but to our homeland security,” Mayorkas said.
“We are disseminating information to the secretaries of state. We are counseling them and providing resources to ensure better physical security,” he continued.
“We are addressing all aspects of election security given, of course, the midterm elections that are upon us and the fundamental integrity of our democratic processes that is at stake,” said Mayorkas.