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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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White House Allocates $3B for COVID-19 Antiviral Drug R&D Program

Antiviral Program

The Biden administration plans to spend more than $3 billion on projects to discover, develop and manufacture antiviral drugs for the prevention of illness and death from COVID-19. This investment is for the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS said Thursday.

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Carlos Del Toro to be Nominated as Next Navy Secretary

U.S. Navy

The Biden Administration is expected to nominate Carlos Del Toro as the next secretary of the Navy, according to an anonymous administration official. “Carlos Del Toro is an excellent selection to be the next Secretary of the Navy. He has an impressive resume and exemplifies so many of the qualities that make the Navy and our nation great,” commented Sen. Jack Reed

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Biden Administration Submits Budget Requests for GSA; Katy Kale Quoted

Katy Kale

The Biden Administration submitted to Congress on Friday its priorities for the fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. Those priorities included in the submission to Congress was the funding request for the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA). These discretionary investments are an element of President Biden’s broader agenda. The budget also includes $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). 

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President Biden’s Defense Appropriations Budget Process Stymied by Congressional Legislative Backlog

U.S. Congress

President Biden is expected to submit to Congress the administration's discretionary spending top line requests for the fiscal year 2022 on Friday, signaling the start of the annual budget and appropriations process. The upcoming $715 billion defense budget request is slightly less than 2021’s request when adjusted for inflation.

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House Lawmakers Want Biden to Name Nominees to Merit Systems Protection Board

Capitol Hill

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., chairman of the House Oversight and Reform’s government operations subcommittee, and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., ranking member of the House subpanel, have called on President Biden to nominate members to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Hice and Connolly said MSPB has lacked a quorum since Jan. 2017 and has been without a single member on the board since March 2019. 

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DOD Launches Review of CMMC Vetting Program; Robert Metzger Quoted

CMMC Vetting

Jessica Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense (DOD), said the Pentagon is assessing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to ensure that it is meeting goals without impeding industry participation. Maxwell told the publication in a statement that the DOD routinely executes assessments at the early stages of major programs.

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HHS Announces $150M Investment in COVID-19 Vaccine Ramp-up

Department of Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to invest $150 million to help Americans in underserved communities access COVID-19 treatment. HHS said Wednesday that it may increase the capacity of health care centers, hire more staff and deliver more equipment to boost the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments.

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National Intelligence Director Avril Haines Supports President Biden’s General Counsel Nomination

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, issued a statement supporting President Biden's nominee for the general counsel position at the Office of the DNINominee Chris Fonzone holds years of experience in the national security area across a range of roles, having served with the departments of Defense and Justice (DOJ). 

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Clean Energy Advocate Jennifer Granholm Becomes DOE Secretary

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, formerly the governor of Michigan, assumed leadership over the Department of Energy (DOE) when she was sworn in on Thursday as the 16th energy secretary. Granholm's swearing in follows a Senate vote of 64-35 for her confirmation as the secretary of energy. She takes over from David Huizenga who held the role on an acting basis as the Biden administration transitioned in.

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