Tag Archives: White House

FBI Links Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack to ‘Darkside’ Group

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The FBI issued a statement on Monday attributing the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline’s networks to the ransomware group called Darkside. The bureau said it was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on Friday and that it continues to work with government partners and the company on the investigation with regard to the breach.

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White House Creates Climate Change Support Office via Executive Order

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President Biden has issued an executive order that directs the creation of an office within the State Department that will support multilateral and bilateral engagement to help the U.S. advance efforts to address the global climate crisis. The secretary of the State Department will select a director for the climate change support office. 

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VP Kamala Harris Named Head of National Space Council

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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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Acting Intelligence Community General Counsel Thomas Monheim Nominated for Full-Time Role; Avril Haines Quoted

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Thomas Monheim, acting inspector general of the intelligence community, has received President Biden's nomination to fill the role on a full-time basis. Monheim formerly served as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) general counsel. He is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award, the DNI Exceptional Service Award, and other forms of recognition.

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NCAA Exec Donald Remy Nominated to VA Deputy Secretary Post

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Donald Remy, chief operating officer and chief legal officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), has been nominated as deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the White House announced Friday. His career also includes time as deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice and a senior vice president at Fannie Mae's legal department.

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FBI, DHS Provide Information on Russian Intell Agency’s Cyber Exploitation Techniques

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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory to provide information on cyber tools and techniques used by Russian Foreign Intelligence Service actors to compromise government networks, information technology companies and think tanks. FBI also observed that SVR actors have transitioned from using malware to homing in on cloud-based platforms. 

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

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President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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Oceanography Vet Rick Spinrad Nominated NOAA Administrator

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Rick Spinrad, formerly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) chief scientist, has been nominated to lead the agency and serve as the undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere. Spinrad teaches oceanography as a professor at Oregon State University and serves on the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, the White House said Thursday.

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GSA Announces Plan to Be Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030; Acting Administrator Katy Kale Quoted

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U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced Thursday its commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity sources for the federal real estate portfolio by 2025. GSA will leverage its purchasing power to provide renewable energy to its real estate of 186 million square feet. Visit Wash100.com to cast a vote for Katy Kale as the most significant executive of consequence to the GovCon sector. 

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Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

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Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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