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BARDA, GHIC Form Venture Capital Partnership to Prevent Future Pandemics; Gary Disbrow Quoted

Gary Disbrow

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has partnered with the nonprofit Global Health Investment Corp. (GHIC) on a program meant to advance the use of venture capital practices to facilitate investments in medical technologies that could help prevent pandemics and other public health emergencies.

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Valiance To Continue Caliburn’s Migrant Minors Humanitarian Work For HHS; Grace Flores-Hughes Quoted

Caliburn International

Caliburn International announced Wednesday it is separating into two independent companies. The new companies will be Acuity International and Valiance Humanitarian. Valiance will continue Caliburn’s humanitarian efforts for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Valiance has named Fransico Quezada as director of Operations and Facilities. 

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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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Dawn O’Connell to Be Nominated HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, Response

Dawn O Connell

President Biden intends to nominate Dawn O'Connell, a senior counselor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, the White House announced Friday. In her current capacity, O'Connell helps the HHS secretary coordinate departmentwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House to Invest $250M in HHS Health Literacy Program to Support Underserved Populations

COVID-19 Vaccination

The White House announced that it will make a $250 million investment to promote COVID-19 vaccination and safety among racial and ethnic minority populations and other underserved populations and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds in the form of health literacy grants. Applications for the new initiative are due April 20th.

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Infrastructure Security Vet Nitin Natarajan Named Deputy Director of CISA; Brandon Wales Quoted

Nitin Natarajan

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has appointed homeland security expert Nitin Natarajan to serve as the deputy director. Tenured cyber executives Eric Goldstein and David Mussington have also joined CISA's leadership team to serve as executive assistant directors for cybersecurity and infrastructure security, respectively, the agency said Monday.

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

2021 Wash100

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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HHS Releases Artificial Intelligence Strategy

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The Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled an enterprise strategy to advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across common mission areas in an effort to meet the evolving needs of U.S. citizens. The HHS AI Strategy calls for the department to establish an AI council. Operating and staff division leaders across the department will comprise the rest of the council.

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Oki Mek Promoted to HHS Chief AI Officer

Artificial Intelligence

Oki Mek, a senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) chief information officer, has been elevated to the position of chief artificial intelligence officer. In his more recent capacity, Mek helped the HHS CIO office drive digital transformation and collaborative innovation efforts aimed to improve the health and well-being of people in the U.S.

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