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Cyber agency tells employees not to ‘lose focus’ after Trump fires director

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A top CISA official sent a note late Tuesday reassuring employees that President Donald Trump’s firing of CISA Director Chris Krebs would not dissuade the agency from its mission of protecting U.S. computer networks, including helping to defend election systems.

“A change in leadership is not a change in mission and it is essential that we do not lose focus on the important work we collectively undertake on behalf of the American people,” Emily Early, CISA’s chief of staff, told employees. “Fortunately, we have the best workforce in all of government and I know we can count on each of you to continue the excellent work you do every day as we all work together to Defend Today and Secure Tomorrow.”

Next in line: In her email, Early confirmed that Trump had designated CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales as the agency’s new acting director. Matthew Travis, CISA’s deputy director, would have been next in line, but he submitted his resignation under White House pressure, a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

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