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Treasury Counters Ransomware With Sanctions Compliance Guidance, Trend Analysis; Wally Adeyemo Quoted

Wally Adeyemo

The Department of the Treasury’s office of foreign assets control has released guidance outlining sanctions compliance best practices for virtual currency industry stakeholders as part of efforts to counter ransomware threats. A report from the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network analyzes trends related to ransomware.

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NIST to Solicit Input on Potential Parameters, Goals for Supply Chain Security Framework; Jon Boyens Quoted

Supply Chain Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working on a supply chain security framework for the information and communications technology industry and plans to issue a request for information to seek input about goals, principles and potential parameters for the new framework.

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White House Seeks to Advance Equity in Science and Technology With Ideation Challenge; Eric Lander Quoted

Eric Lander

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has unveiled an ideation challenge meant to gather insights from the public about how to drive equity and inclusion in science and technology. The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge kicked off Thursday, Oct. 14th, on the Challenge.gov website and will run through Nov. 19.

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Sen. Gary Peters Requests Info on DHS’ Efforts to Address Domestic Extremist Content on Social Media

Sen. Gary Peters

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide policies, strategies and guidance for countering domestic extremism and domestic extremist threats on social media and online platforms. 

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Report: Department of the Air Force to Realign Space Policy Development

Space Policy Development

The Department of the Air Force will shift responsibility for initial space policy development from civilian officials to the military chain of command within the office of the Space Force chief as part of a realignment effort. Air Force officials noted that the civilian chain of command will continue to have decision-making authority over space policy.

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White House Details 4 Lines of Effort to Fight Ransomware

White House

The Biden administration has outlined several initiatives aimed at countering ransomware incidents. The initiatives are classified into four lines of effort: disrupting ransomware actors and infrastructure; bolstering resilience to withstand ransomware attacks; addressing the abuse of virtual currency to launder ransom payments, and leveraging international cooperation to disrupt the ransomware ecosystem and address safe harbors for ransomware criminals.

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NIH Awards 11 Research Grants to Help Address Health Disparities; Director Francis Collins Quoted

Francis Collins

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants worth $58 million combined over five years to support research initiatives that seek to advance health equity and address health disparities. NIH awarded the grants through the Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative of the NIH Common Fund.

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Federal Chief Data Officers Council Seeks Public Comments on Focus Areas, Workforce Development

Federal CDO Council RFI

The Federal Chief Data Officers (CDO) Council has asked the public to provide responses on key questions to support the council’s focus areas and missions. The council was formed in accordance with the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which directs agencies to name a CDO. Public comments are due Nov. 15th.

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GovCon Expert McAleese: Christine Wormuth, Gen. James McConville on Army’s Force Structure, Modernization Programs

Jim McAleese

Consulting firm McAleese & Associates has issued a report outlining key takeaways from speeches delivered by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting that kicked off Monday.

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