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DOE’s Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Highlights Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Consumer Protection

Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall discussed the role of public-private collaboration in helping to protect consumers from cyber threats during a panel discussion last week, the Energy Department said Friday. “We must strengthen our cooperation with the private sector to continuously improve our collective cybersecurity capabilities,” Sherwood-Randall said at the White …

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Jetta Wong Named Acting Director of DOE’s New Technology Transitions Office; Ernest Moniz Comments

Jetta Wong, director of lab impact initiative within the Energy Department’s energy efficiency and renewable energy office, has been appointed as acting director of the DOE’s new office of technology transitions. Wong will serve as technology transfer coordinator and adviser to the energy secretary on technology transfer and commercialization activities, DOE …

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Ernest Moniz: FY 2016 DOE Budget Request Reflects Gov’t Energy Strategy

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has outlined the breakdown of a $30 billion budget request for the Energy Department that President Barack Obama submitted for fiscal 2016, highlighting the administration’s focus on energy security. DOE said Tuesday the proposed amount is a 9-percent increase from the approved fiscal 2015 budget and indicates the continued drive toward …

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President Obama Wants to Pump $14B into Cybersecurity Programs

President Barack Obama is seeking $14 billion in funding to bolster the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts under the fiscal year 2016 budget plan, Reuters reported Monday. Alina Selyukh and Andrea Shalal write the president’s annual budget proposal contains provisions to implement additional threat detection and prevention systems, facilitate data sharing …

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Ernest Moniz: Nuclear Energy Consortium to Continue Support Toward Low-Carbon Economy

The Energy Department will provide $121.5 million to the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors over five years as part of the renewal of the Energy Innovation Hub’s research and development programs. DOE said Friday that the renewed funding is subject to congressional approval and would help CASL continue its modeling and simulation …

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Michael Daniel: White House Cyber Plans Focus on Laws, Partnerships, Workforce

President Barack Obama is pushing forward the administration’s cybersecurity agenda ahead of his State of the Nation address with proposals of cyber-related policies, new partnerships with the private sector and hires of cybersecurity workers. Michael Daniel, a special assistant to the president and the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, wrote in a piece published Wednesday on the …

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Energy Dept Issues Cybersecurity Framework Guidance

The Energy Department has issued a set of guidelines for the implementation of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework. This release is one of the steps DOE is taking to help the energy sector develop “resilient systems” and maintain critical functions, the department said Thursday. NIST’s cybersecurity framework, issued in …

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Profile: Frank Baitman, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for IT and CIO

Frank Baitman serves as deputy assistant secretary for information technology and chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, with responsibility in generating value for the agency’s IT investments. He was a White House entrepreneur-in-residence at the Food and Drug Administration, where he helped streamline the process …

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Franklin Orr, Joseph Hezir Confirmed to Energy Dept. Roles; Ernest Moniz Comments

The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Franklin Orr as undersecretary for science and energy and Joseph Hezir as chief financial officer at the Energy Department. The agency said Thursday that Orr, formerly director of Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, will manage government science research programs on various energy-related fields. Hezir …

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Report: House Approves $577B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2015

House members voted 300-119 Thursday to pass a $577.1 billion spending bill to fund U.S. defense programs in fiscal year 2015, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Roxana Tiron writes the bill covers $495.9 billion in base Defense Department funds, $63.7 billion for combat operations and $17.5 billion to fund national security missions at …

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