Tag Archives: Justice Department

Senators Ask Biden to Help Advance Plan for Consolidated FBI Headquarters

Consolidated FBI HQ

Four Senate lawmakers asked President Biden to direct the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to come up with a finalized plan for the construction of a consolidated FBI headquarters building. The letter was signed by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

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Justice Department Reviews Efforts Against Foreign Cyber Threats; Lisa Monaco Quoted

Lisa Monaco

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun to assess its efforts to address cyber threats coming from foreign entities potentially involved in supply chain disruption and ransomware cases, CyberScoop reported Friday. The review, which is set to run for four months, will tackle the ransomware cryptocurrencies employed by enemy nations and criminal organizations.

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Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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DOJ Passes DHS-led Cybersecurity Assessment; Kenneth Bible Quoted

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Security Operations Center (JSOC) has passed an assessment conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS said Thursday that its Cybersecurity Service Provider delivered the assessment with staff from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). JSOC exceeded standards in 35 of 40 assessment areas, and is now certified as a CSP Center of Excellence.

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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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DOJ, DHS Release Key Findings From Classified Report on Foreign Election Interference

Election Security

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a joint statement saying they found no evidence that a foreign government compromised election infrastructure to manipulate the 2020 U.S. federal elections. The joint document released on Tuesday includes key findings and recommendations from the classified report. 

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President Biden Names Timothy Wu as Special Assistant for Tech, Competition Policy

Timothy Wu

President Biden has appointed Timothy Wu, formerly a senior adviser at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, said in a tweet that he will join the White House as part of the National Economic Council (NEC).

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DOJ Updates Annual Report Data Tool on Freedom of Information Act Website

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has updated the Annual Report Data page on the Freedom of Information Act website and uploaded all fiscal year 2020 FOIA reports prepared by 119 agencies onto the online platform. Annual reports show that agencies received 790,772 FOIA requests and processed 772,952 of those requests in the previous fiscal year.

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President Biden Nominates Kiran Ahuja as OPM Director

Kiran Ahuja

President Biden has nominated Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Seattle-based nonprofit network Philanthropy Northwest, as director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Government Executive reported Tuesday. Ahuja served as chief of staff at OPM for almost two years and helped lead policy development efforts as well as over 6,000 employees

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Marc Raimondi: SolarWinds Cyber Incident Involves Access to DOJ’s Email Environment

Department of Justice

Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Department of Justice (DOJ), said the DOJ’s office of the chief information officer has stopped the method the threat actor uses to access the department’s Microsoft O365 email environment after learning of the malicious activity related to the SolarWinds cyber incident on Dec. 24th. 

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