Tag Archives: White House

White House to Invest $250M in HHS Health Literacy Program to Support Underserved Populations

COVID-19 Vaccination

The White House announced that it will make a $250 million investment to promote COVID-19 vaccination and safety among racial and ethnic minority populations and other underserved populations and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds in the form of health literacy grants. Applications for the new initiative are due April 20th.

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President Biden Names Timothy Wu as Special Assistant for Tech, Competition Policy

Timothy Wu

President Biden has appointed Timothy Wu, formerly a senior adviser at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, said in a tweet that he will join the White House as part of the National Economic Council (NEC).

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Anne Neuberger: White House Working on Industrial Control System Security Plan

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the White House is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), energy sector and other organizations on a plan to protect industrial control systems from cyber threats

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Anne Neuberger: White House to Issue Executive Order in Response to SolarWinds Cyber Incident

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the White House is working on an executive order in response to the SolarWinds cyber breach. Neuberger said the cyber incident impacted approximately 100 companies and nine federal agencies. She cited the need to address challenges to achieving greater visibility amid the hacking campaign.

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Lumen Technologies Names Nick Andersen as Public Sector CISO

Lumen Technologies

Lumen Technologies has appointed Nick Andersen  as chief information security officer (CISO) for the public sector, where he will work to ensure the company’s cybersecurity and IT products meet the federal government’s security requirements and risk management standards. Andersen will report to Zain Ahmed, regional VP for Lumen’s federal business. 

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Biden Names David Turk, Julie Su as Picks for Energy, Labor Deputy Secretaries

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President Biden has selected David Turk, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to serve as deputy secretaries of the departments of Energy and Labor, respectively. Su, on the other hand, works to advise Governor Gavin Newsom on labor issues and employment programs in California.

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White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council

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The White House has issued a new memorandum announcing the renewal of the National Security Council (NSC) system. The memo details the regular attendees of NSC meetings and the structure of the council’s principals committee, deputies committee and interagency policy committees. The interagency policy committees will oversee the development and implementation of national security policies by multiple government agencies. 

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Space Force Has ‘Full Support’ of Biden Administration; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen.  John Raymond

Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the White House, said President Joe Biden will not abolish the U.S. Space Force. Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said he would “welcome the opportunity” to discuss with the Biden administration the Space Force’s ongoing work. “I’m very proud of the guardians in the Space Force,” said Gen. Raymond. 

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Ankura Names Ted Theisen Senior Managing Director, Cyber Practice

Ankura

Ankura has appointed Ted Theisen as a senior managing director of the company’s Cyber Practice. He brings more than two decades of experience to Ankura, across both the private and public sectors. Throughout his career, Theisen has worked to design and modernize information security programs and systems. 

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Report: White House Eyes Eric Hysen for DHS CIO Role

Eric Hysen

The White House is expected to name Eric Hysen, former executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s digital service, as chief information officer at DHS in the coming weeks. Hysen is expected to oversee data center consolidation, cloud and other information technology modernization efforts at DHS, which has an IT budget of $7.3 billion in fiscal year 2021.

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