Tag Archives: Department of Justice

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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Merrick Garland Confirmed to Serve as US Attorney General

Merrick Garland

Judge Merrick Garland has received the Senate's confirmation to serve as U.S. attorney general, a role through which he will lead the country's Department of Justice (DOJ). His confirmation resulted from a 70-30 vote the Senate made on the same day. Garland formerly served as a circuit judge for the District of Columbia at the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

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Smartronix Acquires Datastrong to Expand Technology Solutions

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Smartronix has acquired Datastrong, a technology solution provider focused on data architecture, design and business analytics. Datastrong offers advanced technology solutions to both commercial and federal customers, and will operate as a division of Smartronix’s Cloud Solutions business unit. “Our acquisition of Datastrong represents an important step forward in expanding the suite of offerings Smartronix can deliver to clients via the cloud," said Smartronix CEO Peter LaMontagne.

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DOJ’s John Demers on Cyber Hack Linked to Russia, Threats Posed by China

John Demers

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice (DOJ), said the federal government is still in the process of analyzing the damage brought by a massive cyber breach linked to Russia. DOJ launched a program called China Initiative in an attempt to counter the Asian country’s efforts to steal U.S. government secrets and intellectual property.

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NSF IG Lerner to Become CIGIE Chairperson in January

Allison Lerner

Allison Lerner, inspector general at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency starting Jan. 1st. Federal IGs voted to appoint Lerner as successor to Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice IG who has led the council over the past five years. 

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Benjamin Overholt Joins Census Bureau as Deputy Director for Data

Benjamin Overholt

Benjamin Overholt, formerly lead statistician at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's office of enterprise data and analytics, has taken the role of deputy director of data at the U.S. Census Bureau. Overholt brings his seven-year federal civil service experience and expertise in decision support, data analysis and management to his new role. 

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Former Federal Prosecutor Peter Thomson to be Nominated CIA Inspector General

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President Trump has indicated his intent to nominate Peter Thomson, who previously spent 23 years at the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor, to be inspector general at the CIA. Thomson serves as an attorney at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann and co-chair of the law firm's white collar criminal defense and information security practices, the White House said Friday.

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FBI Investigates Israeli Spyware Company After Cyber Attacks on U.S. Tech Firm, Civilians

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining the connection between NSO Group Technologies, an Israeli spyware company, and recent intelligence and cybersecurity incidents involving governments and American corporations and civilians, according to four people knowledgeable about the investigation, Reuters reported Friday.

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