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Former Sandia Director Jill Hruby Confirmed as NNSA Administrator; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jill Hruby

The Senate approved Jill Hruby, former director of Sandia National Laboratories, by a 79-16 vote to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and serve as undersecretary for nuclear security at the Department of Energy (DOE). Hruby started her career at SNL in 1983 as a technical staff member and conducted studies about thermal and fluid, solar energy and nuclear weapon systems.

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Christy Abizaid Confirmed to Lead National Counterterrorism Center; DNI Avril Haines Quoted

Christine Abizaid

Christy Abizaid, most recently vice president of global operations at Dell Technologies, has received Senate confirmation to serve as director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). “Christy brings a command of counterterrorism issues, leadership acumen, thoughtfulness, and enterprising approach that will enable her to effectively steer the Intelligence Community’s work on these issues and lead the CT mission into the future,” said Avril Haines, director of national intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Senate Confirms Kiran Ahuja as OPM Director

Kiran Ahuja

The Senate has confirmed Kiran Ahuja as director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by a narrow vote, four months after President Biden nominated her to the position. Ahuja, who has led Philanthropy Northwest as CEO over the past four years, will return to the federal government's human resources agency where she served as chief of staff from November 2015 to January 2017.

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Senate Approves Richard Spinrad’s NOAA Administrator Nomination; Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The Senate confirmed Richard Spinrad, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, as the 11th administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad's appointment will mark his return to the agency where he previously served as chief scientist and assistant administrator for research, ocean services and coastal management.

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Senate Confirms Christine Wormuth for Army Secretary Role

Christine Wormuth

Christine Wormuth, who formerly served as the undersecretary of defense for policy, has been confirmed by the Senate to become the secretary of the U.S. Army. Wormuth ultimately received confirmation on Thursday, after being unconfirmed in the middle of her hearing with the Senate on Wednesday. President Biden nominated Wormuth for the role of Army secretary.

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Former Senator Bill Nelson Confirmed to Lead NASA; Steve Jurczyk Quoted

Bill Nelson

In a unanimous vote, the Senate approved the nomination of former senator Bill Nelson as the 14th NASA administrator. Nelson will succeed Steve Jurczyk, who has led the space agency on an acting basis since Jan. 20th., and will bring more than four decades of public service to his new position.

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Senate Approves Colin Kahl as DOD Policy Chief; Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Quoted

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl, a former national security adviser in the White House's Office of the Vice President, has received Senate confirmation as undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense (DOD). Kahl thanked President Biden and all the people who supported his bid to hold the No 3. civilian position at the DOD, adding that it is now “time to get to work!”

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Wally Adeyemo Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; Janet Yellen Quoted

Wally Adeyemo

Wally Adeyemo, formerly president of the Obama Foundation, has received Senate confirmation to serve as the Department of the Treasury's deputy secretary. His professional record includes work that has supported U.S. national security and economic pursuits, Janet Yellen. Yellen said Adeyemo helped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rise up from the great recession.

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Former New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland Takes Oath as Secretary of the Interior

Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland, formerly a congressional representative for New Mexico, has been Senate-confirmed to lead the Department of the Interior and has taken her oath for the role. Jennifer Van der Heide, DOI chief of staff, administered the oath-taking ceremony for Haaland, who will undergo a swearing-in with Vice President Kamala Harris on a later date. 

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