Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Denis McDonough Now Senate-Confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, formerly chief of staff to President Obama, has been Senate-confirmed to become secretary of veterans affairs. A Senate meeting on Monday resulted in an 87-7 vote in favor of McDonough. McDonough was the deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and also served in the former president's transition team.

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Tarak Shah, David Huizenga to Lead Biden Administration’s DOE

DOE

Tarak Shah, an experienced energy policy expert, and David Huizenga, associate principal deputy administrator for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), have been appointed to serve as DOE's chief of staff and acting secretary, respectively. Both Shah and Huizenga will lead DOE under the Biden-Harris Administration in support of newly inaugurated President Biden, the department said Thursday.

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Treasury Dept Issues Sanctions to North Korean Cyber Actors

The Department of the Treasury has issued sanctions against North Korean cyber terrorists who have targeted critical infrastructure. These state-sponsored hacking groups, known as Lazarus Group, Andariel and Bluenoroff, have been working with the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a North Korean intelligence agency, the department said Friday.

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New Bill Seeks 3.2% Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2018

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) has introduced a bill that aims to increase the salary of federal employees by up to 3.2 percent in 2018, Government Executive reported Tuesday. Eric Katz writes the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act seeks a 2 percent boost to federal workers’ base pay and a 1.2 percent average increase to …

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Reports: US, China Agree to Continue Bilateral Cyber Partnership

The U.S. and China have agreed to extend a cybersecurity cooperation partnership that was originally forged between the two countries in 2015, MeriTalk reported Tuesday. Both countries aim to further bilateral efforts to address cyber crime, exchange threat information, protect networks. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Elaine Duke, acting secretary …

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Report: Trump Administration Starts UAV Export Policy Review

The White House is reviewing a 2015 export policy that governs the sale of U.S.-built unmanned aerial vehicles to the country’s allies, Defense News reported Thursday. An unnamed government official told Defense News that the review part of the Trump administration’s efforts to update U.S. defense trade policy. “While these …

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