A new health information cybersecurity center based in HHS could duplicate the cybersecurity center already established in DHS, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have said.

In its fiscal 2018 budget documents, HHS said the new Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will serve as a central point for information sharing in the healthcare sector across the government to assess cyber threats and to respond.

The 2015 Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act “was the culmination of years of effort” to make the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center¬† the cyber information sharing hub across the federal government, Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., wrote to HHS secretary Tom Price.

“We are interested in learning more about the HCCIC’s purpose and how it will interact with the NCCIC, the rest of the federal government, and the private sector without duplicating efforts already underway,” they wrote.

They asked for documentation of the need for the new center and explanations of how it will interact with the DHS center.