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White House Seeks to Advance Equity in Science and Technology With Ideation Challenge; Eric Lander Quoted

Eric Lander

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has unveiled an ideation challenge meant to gather insights from the public about how to drive equity and inclusion in science and technology. The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge kicked off Thursday, Oct. 14th, on the Challenge.gov website and will run through Nov. 19.

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Former FAA Official Ravi Chaudhary Nominated to Lead Air Force Installations Office

Ravi Chaudhary

Ravi Chaudhary, former director of advanced programs and innovation at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commercial space office, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment at the Department of the Air Force, the White House announced Thursday.

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White House Details 4 Lines of Effort to Fight Ransomware

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The Biden administration has outlined several initiatives aimed at countering ransomware incidents. The initiatives are classified into four lines of effort: disrupting ransomware actors and infrastructure; bolstering resilience to withstand ransomware attacks; addressing the abuse of virtual currency to launder ransom payments, and leveraging international cooperation to disrupt the ransomware ecosystem and address safe harbors for ransomware criminals.

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OMB Issues Endpoint Detection and Response Implementation Guidance to Federal Agencies

Supply Chain Security

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memorandum to guide agencies how to advance the adoption of endpoint detection and response (EDR) platforms to help facilitate the detection of cyber vulnerabilities and related threats on federal networks in accordance with the cybersecurity executive order signed in May.

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Federal Agencies Unveil Climate Adaptation Plans; Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

More than 20 federal agencies unveiled their climate adaptation and resiliency plans that detail each agency’s approaches in addressing climate change and managing risks to reduce the disruptions in federal operations. The plans are in line with the procurements intended to advance innovation, boost the supply chains’ resilience and carry out the administration’s commitment to forward climate and clean energy dollars. 

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White House, Semiconductor Industry Highlight Need to Promote Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain Transparency

Representatives from the semiconductor industry reiterated their commitment to transparency efforts to address supply chain challenges associated with the global chip shortage during a meeting with Biden administration officials. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, met with industry participants Thursday to discuss industry’s progress in advancing supply chain transparency, including improved trust and communications across the supply chain.

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Task Force Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

COVID-19 Safety

The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has issued new guidance on workplace safety protocols that should be implemented by federal contractors and subcontractors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The protocols include the COVID-19 vaccination of covered contractor personnel and compliance with masking and physical distancing measures at covered contractor workplaces.

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President Biden Names 30 Science & Tech Leaders to PCAST

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President Biden has announced the 30 members of a new council that will develop and provide the White House with science and technology policy recommendations. Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) with Frances Arnold, a Nobel laureate and the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Maria Zuber, vice president for research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at MIT

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Ashish Vazirani Nominated as DOD Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel, Readiness

Ashish Vazirani

President Biden has nominated Ashish Vazirani, principal of A2O Strategies and former executive director and CEO of the National Military Family Association, as deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. During his stint at NMFA, the White House said Tuesday that he oversaw the strategies and operations of the organization’s advocacy and programs, such as the child care fee relief initiative, aimed at helping military families.

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