The White House is considering eliminating federal cybersecurity jobs for workers with security clearances, according to administration officials.
The move is part of a broader effort to roll back Obama administration cybersecurity initiatives.
Some of those efforts included the creation of a new Department of Homeland Security that would provide support for private sector cybersecurity businesses.
But Obama administration officials told the Wall Street Journal that the federal government should not be relying on private companies to help secure the nation’s networks, and that it would be a “distraction” to the public and businesses alike.
The decision, according the officials, will be based on the recommendations of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
The panel, which includes Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, was created to advise the White House on cybersecurity matters.
The council is chaired by DHS Secretary Jehmohan Bhatti.
The announcement comes as cybersecurity experts have warned that the government needs to focus on better protecting the nation.
The Federal Communications Commission announced in March that it will shutter all its cybersecurity operations by mid-year.
The FCC also has proposed closing off Internet access and limiting Internet access for businesses.
That move, however, is being blocked by a federal judge.
The White house has also announced that it is considering limiting Internet use for federal employees.