Tag Archives: Interior Department

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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Acting CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia Appointed to Full-Time Role

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, who recently served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) acting chief information officer, has been appointed to take up the role on a full-time basis. Bhagowalia held the CIO role at the Interior and Treasury departments, Hawaii's state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, making his new CBP job his fifth time as a government CIO.

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Biden Picks Rep. Deb Haaland, Jennifer Granholm for Interior Dept, DOE Leadership Roles

Deb Haaland

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), and Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, to be secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Haaland and Granholm are among the nominees and appointees to the incoming administration’s climate team.

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Rob Lewis to Lead Interior Department’s Cybersecurity Operations

Interior Department

Rob Lewis, a cyber expert with the Department of the Interior, has been appointed to serve as chief of the agency's cybersecurity operations branch, G2Xchange FedCiv reported Monday. He most recently served as the ISSO/ASOC deputy operations manager for the Interior Department. He most recently served as the ISSO/ASOC deputy operations manager for the Interior Department.

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DHS Gets DOI’s Help to Assess P25 Public Safety Equipment; Sridhar Kowdley Quoted

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has authorized the Department of the Interior to assess first responder technologies under a DHS-led effort. DHS said Wednesday that its Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program independently evaluates first responder equipment for compliance with P25 requirements.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Address US Reliance on Foreign Adversaries’ Critical Minerals

White House

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to declare a national emergency to help address the threat posed by the country’s dependence on critical minerals from foreign adversaries to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. The secretary of the State Department should hand over to the executive branch a report to establish resilient critical mineral supply chains,

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Seven Federal Agencies Respond to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s IT Modernization Inquiry

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) asked 10 federal agencies in June about their efforts to modernize their legacy information technology systems and seven of those agencies responded. The Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) said they developed updated IT platforms. 

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