Tag Archives: White House

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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Biden Nominates Miguel Cardona for Education Secretary

Department of Education

Miguel Cardona, the commissioner of education for the state of Connecticut, has been nominated to serve as secretary of the Department of Education under President-elect Joe Biden's administration. If confirmed, Cardona will serve as the 12th secretary of education and oversee the Biden administration's efforts to address the education sector’s needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House Issues New Directive on Space Nuclear Power, Propulsion Tech Development

White House

President Donald Trump has signed a new space policy directive establishing a national strategy to support the development and use of space nuclear power and propulsion (SNPP) systems. Under the directive, the U.S. should adhere to safety, sustainability and security principles when it comes to SNPP systems development and use.

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Joe Biden to Nominate Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg for DOT Secretary

Pete Buttigieg

Joe Biden, the U.S. president-elect, intends to nominate former South Bend City Mayor Pete Buttigieg for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) highest leadership role, Biden's transition campaign said Tuesday. Buttigieg, Biden's nominee to become the U.S. secretary of transportation, would succeed Elaine Chao if elected for the role with the service branch. 

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Report: Russia-Linked Hackers Suspected of Compromising Commerce, Treasury Email Systems

FortiOS Vulnerabilities

The White House acknowledged that hackers believed to have ties to a Russian intelligence agency breached email systems used by federal agencies. Reports of the cyber attack came days after the National Security Agency (NSA) released an advisory that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors were exploiting a vulnerability in a platform widely used in the government.

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OMB’s Russell Vought on Developing AI Regulations

Artificial Intelligence

Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has asked U.S. department and agency heads to reduce "unnecessary barriers" to artificial intelligence innovation and growth in compliance with the Executive Order 13859 that seeks to maintain U.S. advantage in AI. Agencies are also encouraged to collaborate with private sector standard-setting organizations on the effort.

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Select Committee Offers Recommendations for Using Cloud to Help Advance AI Research

Artificial Intelligence

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has issued a report outlining four recommendations for how the federal government can help improve the use of cloud computing resources in support of federally funded research-and-development work on AI. Those recommendations are launching and supporting pilot projects to explore the challenges and advantages related to the use of commercial cloud platforms in conducting AI research. 

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USAF Vet Scott Francis O’Grady to be Nominated DoD Asst Secretary for Int’l Security Affairs

Department of Defense

President Trump intends to nominate Scott Francis O’Grady, who served as a U.S. Air Force officer for 12 years, to be assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DoD), the White House announced Tuesday. O'Grady is a former USAF fighter pilot who penned the book, "Return With Honor."

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House Committee Chairs Urge Federal Agencies to Observe Data Preservation Measures

Capitol Hill

More than 50 federal agencies have received communications from top House Democrats requesting their compliance with record and document preservation requirements as the representatives prepare for the presidential transition. In their letters to 53 agencies, the House committee chairs emphasized the government's obligation to save and archive any Congress-requested information "in a manner that is easily retrievable."

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