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House Panels Call on Biden Administration for Partnerships on U.S. Research Security

U.S. Research Security

The members of two House panels have written to President Biden seeking collaborations to ensure the safety of U.S. academic research initiatives against foreign influence. They noted in the letter that an effective approach entails transparency on security risks, coordination on research security requirements and commitment to collaboration and openness.

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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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Report: Biden’s $2T Infrastructure Plan to Include Funding for Electric Vehicles, Broadband

White House

White House officials on Tuesday briefed lawmakers on a potential $2 trillion infrastructure plan that would fund electric vehicles, public transit, highways, electrical grid and water systems upgrades, broadband internet expansion and semiconductor research efforts. WSJ cited sources that say the potential infrastructure package would be covered by tax increases. 

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Biden Extends 2015 Executive Order to Address Malicious Cyber Activities

White House

President Biden has moved to extend a 2015 executive order that declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” by persons located outside the U.S. Executive Order 13694 signed during the Obama administration will continue in effect past April 1st.

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President Biden Nominates Maryanne Donaghy, Seema Nanda for Key VA, DOL Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials Maryanne Donaghy and Seema Nanda to assume leadership roles at the departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Labor (DOL), respectively. Donaghy received a nomination for assistant secretary for accountability and whistleblower protection at the VA while Nanda was nominated to serve as DOL solicitor. 

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DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Need to Address Infrastructure Project Backlog

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DoT), told lawmakers on Thursday about the need to address the country’s $1 trillion backlog of infrastructure projects. Buttigieg told lawmakers that he would consider borrowing or using general fund revenues and user fees to help pay for the potential infrastructure package.

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Xavier Becerra Sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and former member of the Subcommittee on Health of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to serve as the 25th secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate voted 50 to 49 in favor of Becerra's confirmation as HHS secretary.

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House Lawmakers Call on White House to Cut DOD Budget

Capitol Hill

A group of 50 House lawmakers has asked President Biden to reassess spending priorities by reducing the Department of Defense’s budget to help pay for public health, research and other activities. “We could cut the Pentagon budget by more than ten percent and still spend more than the next ten largest militaries combined,” they added.

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