Tag Archives: climate change

Lloyd Austin: New DOD Center to Strengthen Rules-Based Order in Arctic Region

Lloyd Austin

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the establishment of a new regional center on Wednesday to help facilitate collaborate between the U.S. government and allies on issues related to the Arctic region. The office of the undersecretary of defense for policy will oversee the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies.

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NASA Developing New Earth System Observatory for Guiding Climate Change Mitigation Efforts; Bill Nelson Quoted

Sen. Bill Nelson

NASA plans to establish a new Earth system observatory that could help inform efforts on climate change, disaster mitigation and forest fire response as well as support modernization of real-time agricultural processes. The space agency said Tuesday that the observatory is aimed at providing a 3D view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere.

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White House Seeks to Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk With New Executive Order

White House

President Biden has signed an executive order to direct the director of the National Economic Council and the national climate adviser to create within 120 days a government-wide strategy to identify climate-related financial risk to government assets, programs and liabilities. In early May, the president also issued an executive order that calls for the creation of the climate change support office within the State Department.

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GSA Announces Plan to Be Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030; Acting Administrator Katy Kale Quoted

Katy Kale

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced Thursday its commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity sources for the federal real estate portfolio by 2025. GSA will leverage its purchasing power to provide renewable energy to its real estate of 186 million square feet. Visit Wash100.com to cast a vote for Katy Kale as the most significant executive of consequence to the GovCon sector. 

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Avril Haines Submits Intelligence Community’s 2021 Global Threat Assessment to Congress

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has submitted to Congress a report detailing the global threats to U.S. national security in accordance with section 617 of the fiscal year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act. The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community looks at the diverse array of threats the U.S. and its allies will face in the coming year. 

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Kathleen Hicks on Need to Prioritize Resilience of Military Facilities Against Climate Change’s Effects

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sally and took part in a video conference with other military leaders from other installations to highlight the need to develop resilience against the effects of climate change

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OMB Reinstates Framework for Performance Monitoring, Customer Experience; Pam Coleman Quoted

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a guidance that will re-establish performance management and customer experience metrics that were eliminated by the prior administration. Pam Coleman, associate director of performance and personnel management at OMB, wrote in blog post published Wednesday that the guidance will restore a performance framework for delivering government services in line with key priorities.

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Military Leaders Discuss Installation Resiliency Initiatives at House Subcommittee Hearing; Maj. Gen. Edward Banta Quoted

Military Installation

Military leaders appeared before lawmakers during a House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee hearing on Friday to discuss about their installation preparedness efforts in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Brig. Gen. John Allen, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, said the service has developed a risk assessment playbook to carry out initial evaluation of exposure in severe weather and climate conditions at major installations.

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Biden Vows Commitment to NATO Alliance, Collaboration to Address Security Threats

White House

President Biden said the U.S. remains committed to the transatlantic alliance and will work closely with partners in the European Union to address the shared security threats and other challenges. "The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward; we are looking forward, together,” Biden said Friday in a speech during the virtual Munich Security Conference.

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Janet Yellen Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen

The Senate voted 84-15 Monday to confirm Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, as secretary of the Department of the Treasury (USDT). Yellen’s confirmation made her the first woman to hold the top post at the Treasury. She is a labor economist who also served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve and chair of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration. 

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