OMB Would Advise President to Veto CISPA

Administration Still Has Issues with Cybersecurity Bill

In an advisory issued Tuesday in advance of planned House debate on CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, the Office of Management and Budget said that the bill, as currently crafted, should not get the president's signature.

While OMB said it "recognizes and appreciates" changes made by the bill's backers to incorporate the administration's concerns, it said that without additional improvements, "if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the president, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

The concerns the Administration expressed are essentially the same ones proposed by a quartet of Democratic legislators.

About a year ago, the White House similarly threatened to veto the previous incarnation of CISPA.