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VP Kamala Harris Named Head of National Space Council

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris has been appointed to lead the National Space Council (NSC) responsible for crafting space-related national security strategies and space policies for the White House. "As I've said before: In America when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council," Harris said in a tweet.

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Senate Approves Colin Kahl as DOD Policy Chief; Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Quoted

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl, a former national security adviser in the White House's Office of the Vice President, has received Senate confirmation as undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense (DOD). Kahl thanked President Biden and all the people who supported his bid to hold the No 3. civilian position at the DOD, adding that it is now “time to get to work!”

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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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Rep. Marcia Fudge Receives Senate Confirmation as HUD Secretary

Marcia Fudge

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a 66-34 vote. Fudge said in her Senate confirmation hearing she will focus on addressing housing issues brought by the COVID-19 pandemic under her new role.

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Gina Raimondo Takes Oath as Commerce Secretary

Gina Raimondo

Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Gina Raimondo, former governor of Rhode Island, as the 40th secretary of the Department of Commerce. Raimondo received the Senate's confirmation to become the commerce secretary with a vote of 84-15. In her new capacity, she will oversee several Commerce agencies that work towards economic growth

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Joe Biden Announces White House Office of Digital Strategy Members; Ron Klain Quoted

White House

President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris announced the members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy on Monday. The office will continue to amplify and engage users online through the traditional measures of the White House while also forming new partnerships to extend the reach of POTUS with the American people.

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Federal AI Legislation

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Artificial Intelligence in Government Act to provide technical expertise throughout agencies and develop federal AI policy. The office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a statement released Wednesday that Portman as well as Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., seek to improve federal agencies’ implementation of AI to provide better benefits to the general public. 

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Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes Bill to Bolster U.S. Digital Services

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that aims to support the government's investment in digital services, including corresponding personnel and technologies. The Digital Service Act will allot $50M in annual funds for the U.S. Digital Service and $15M in annual grants for equivalent efforts in state and local govenments, Harris' office said Thursday.

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Senate Bill Seeks to Establish National AI Initiative

Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., have introduced a bill that would establish a national initiative to boost artificial intelligence technology use in federal agencies.

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