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Samuel Walsh to Rejoin DOE as General Counsel After Senate Confirmation

Samuel Walsh

Samuel Walsh, an attorney who previously served as deputy general counsel for energy policy at the Department of Energy (DOE), received Senate confirmation by voice vote to serve as DOE's general counsel. Walsh joined Washington, D.C.-based law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis as a law firm in 2017 after more than six years of service at DOE.

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Stacey Dixon Confirmed as ODNI Principal Deputy Director; Avril Haines Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

Stacey Dixon, deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has received confirmation from the Senate to serve as principal deputy director in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). As NGA's deputy director, Dixon helped manage agency operations and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. 

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Margaret Vo Schaus Confirmed as NASA Finance Chief; Administrator Bill Nelson Quoted

Margaret Vo Schaus

The Senate on Friday voted to confirm Margaret Vo Schaus, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, as the next chief financial officer of NASA. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that the agency needs steady management of the budget to support its upcoming efforts such as the deployment of the first woman and person of color to the Moon. 

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Senate Unanimously Approves Jen Easterly as CISA Director; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Jen Easterly

Jen Easterly, President Joe Biden's nominee for the director position at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was confirmed in a unanimous Senate vote Monday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, described Easterly as a cybersecurity professional with military, civil service and industry experience and noted that they will work together in efforts to address urgent cyber and physical threats to critical U.S. infrastructure.

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Army Secretary Christine Wormuth: Modernization Efforts Remain a ‘Top Priority’

Christine Wormuth

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said advancing modernization programs will be her top priority to enable the service to meet future challenges. “I am committed to continue transforming our forces to be able to compete, deter, and if necessary fight and win across the multi-domain battlefield,” Wormuth wrote in a letter to the Army.

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Eric Lander Confirmed to Lead Science, Technology Policy Office

Eric Lander

The Senate on Friday voted unanimously to confirm Eric Lander, a biologist and mathematician, as director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), making him the first OSTP head to receive cabinet-level status. He will become the 11th OSTP director and will serve as science adviser to President Biden. 

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Marty Walsh Confirmed as Secretary of Department of Labor

Marty Walsh

Marty Walsh, mayor of Boston, has received Senate confirmation to serve as the 29th secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). The Senate on Monday voted 68-29 to approve Walsh’s nomination for the top role at DOL. Walsh has been mayor of Boston since 2014. He was a member of the Laborers' Union Local 223 and led the Boston Trades Council. 

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William Burns Confirmed as CIA Director

William Burns

The Senate confirmed William Burns, former deputy secretary of state, a veteran diplomat and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, to lead the CIA as its director. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in February, he said politics should not interfere with intelligence work. Burns is president of the international affairs think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Isabel Guzman Confirmed as SBA Administrator; Sen. Ben Cardin Quoted

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, who has served as director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate since April 2019, received Senate confirmation via an 81-17 vote to be the Small Business Administration's (SBA) next leader. In addition, she co-founded GovContractPros in 2018 with the intent to provide consulting services to companies that want to do business with the federal government. 

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Senate Confirms Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

The Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, to lead the State Department in a 78-22 vote on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said he plans to review U.S. policy toward North Korea and take a tougher approach to Russia and China. 

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