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Biden to Nominate Army’s Kathleen Miller as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

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President Biden plans to nominate Kathleen Miller, administrative assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Army, as deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller). The White House said Friday that Miller, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has experience in defense comptrollership and has been holding the senior career civilian position at the Army since October 2018.

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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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Matt Olsen Nominated to Lead DOJ’s National Security Division

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The Biden administration has nominated Matt Olsen, a national security veteran and an Uber executive, to serve as assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s national security division. If confirmed, he would succeed John Demers in the role and oversee the division focused on cases related to counterintelligence, terrorism, election security, export controls violations and cybersecurity.

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White House Seeks to Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk With New Executive Order

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President Biden has signed an executive order to direct the director of the National Economic Council and the national climate adviser to create within 120 days a government-wide strategy to identify climate-related financial risk to government assets, programs and liabilities. In early May, the president also issued an executive order that calls for the creation of the climate change support office within the State Department.

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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

Thomas Monheim

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

Donald Remy

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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