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Report: Cordell Schachter Joins DOT as Chief Information Officer

Cordell Schachter

Cordell Schachter, a longtime public sector information technology official in New York City, joined the Department of Transportation on Aug. 30 as chief information officer. He held a 13-year career at the NYC DOT where he most recently served as chief technology officer and led the local government's IT and telecommunication programs.

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FAA Issues $845M in Airport Improvement Grants; DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Quoted

Airport Improvement

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled the fourth round of fiscal year 2021 grants amounting to $845 million for infrastructure projects under the agency's Airport Improvement Program. FAA said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to bolster airport safety, capacity and jobs, address environmental impacts caused by airports and increase accessibility for remote communities and people with disabilities.

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Robert Hampshire to Serve as DOT’s Chief Science Officer; Secretary Pete Buttigieg Quoted

Robert Hampshire

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed Robert Hampshire, DOT's acting assistant secretary for research and technology, to serve as chief science officer. Hampshire will serve as DOT's first chief science officer in four decades and advise Secretary Pete Buttigieg on matters related to science and technology, the department said Wednesday.

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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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GSA Makes 7 Awards to Advance Critical Infrastructure, Economic Development; Katy Kale Quoted

Katy Kale

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced seven new awards to strengthen the U.S. real estate portfolio, invest in infrastructure and promote economic development. “By creating jobs to design, build and repair our federal properties… GSA is supporting the administration’s efforts to invest in critical infrastructure across the country,” said Katy Kale, GSA acting administrator and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient.

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DOD Works to Prevent 5G C-Band Spectrum Interference; Alan Burke Quoted

NSA-ODNI-CISA Analysis

The Department of Defense (DOD) will work to prevent interference to aviation instruments, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to auction C-band spectrum used for 5G communication. “The approach should be not on trying to slow down 5G metro deployment, but speeding up development and testing of mitigations that can serve as an interim gap until avionics manufacturers can harden their systems,” said Alan Burke.

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Stacy Cummings to Take Acting Undersecretary Role for DoD

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings will succeed Hon. Ellen Lord, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), effective Jan. 20th. Cummings will assume the role until President-elect Joe Biden appoints a Senate-confirmed official to the position. Cummings currently serves as acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition at DoD and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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FAA Unveils Grant Awardees for UAS Safety Research Effort

Drone Traffic Management

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has earmarked $5.8 million to fund the unmanned aircraft system research and training efforts of universities under the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for UAS program. FAA said Wednesday that the grants will support its Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) initiative. 

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