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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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Connecticut-Based Educator Miguel Cardona Confirmed to Lead Education Department

Miguel Cardona

Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee for leadership over the Department of Education, has received Senate confirmation for the role. Cardona, who most recently was Connecticut's education commissioner, won the Senate's favor to become the secretary of education with a 64-33 vote on Monday. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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Report: Senate’s Draft Coronavirus Relief Bill Seeks to Appropriate $1B for Tech Modernization Fund

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A draft Senate bill seeks to authorize $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) within the General Services Administration (GSA). The Senate is expected to finalize the measure in the coming days. A proposal that seeks to earmark $9 billion for TMF failed to make it to the House-passed measure. 

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Sens. Jack Reed, Jim Inhofe Announce Senate Armed Services Committee Subpanel Assignments

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Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate panel, have announced the leaders and members of seven SASC subcommittees for the 117th Congress. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will chair the 12-member subcommittee on airland responsible for Army and Air Force planning and operations policy and programs.

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DSA Names Gibson Le Boeuf to Federal Advisory Board of Directors

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Data Systems Analysts (DSA) has appointed Gibson Le Boeuf to the company’s Federal Advisory Board of Directors (FAB). Le Boeuf currently serves as president of GGL International, where he provides consulting services to domestic and international governments, private industry and academia on defense related matters. Le Boeuf has more than 34 years' experience in marine, naval architecture and mechanical engineering disciplines, including acquisition of major complex weapons systems.

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Deputy DOD Secretary Nominee Kathleen Hicks on Plans for JAIC’s AI Implementation Efforts

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, President Biden's nominee for deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD), outlined her plans for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) during her confirmation hearing this week. JAIC will fall under Hicks’ oversight if she receives Senate confirmation for the deputy secretary role. Hicks holds memberships at the Aerospace Corp.’s board of trustees and the U.S. Naval institute’s board of directors.

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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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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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FY 2021 NDAA Contains Provision to Improve Transparency in Federal Programs

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 contains a provision that would direct federal agencies to report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the cost and performance of their programs as part of efforts to improve transparency. The Senate on Friday passed the $740.5B NDAA days after the House voted 335-78 to approve the annual defense policy bill.

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