Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon’s chief executive officer, and will transition to the executive chairman role in the third quarter of 2021. Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, will take over as the chief executive of Amazon at that time.

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State Department

House Republicans have named Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 117th Congress that begins in January 2021. She succeeds retiring Rep. Greg Walden, D-Ore., and will become the first woman to hold a leadership role on the committee, which has a high profile on a variety of tech issues.

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) completed a website redesign for ease of access on Dec. 3, according to a press release from FDIC OIG communications specialist Caitlin McDaniel. The site houses audits, investigations, and reports completed by the department, and now includes filters to sort through those reports easier. The site is also home to joint press releases with the Department of Justice about investigations into the banking sector.

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White House

President-Elect Joe Biden has named Cathy Russell Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and Louisa Terrell Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

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funding

President-Elect Joe Biden this week urged Congress to approve a COVID-19 stimulus bill similar to the HEROES Act approved by the House earlier this year, but didn’t get into further specifics about what he’d like to see in future relief legislation.

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President-Elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain White House Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President. Klain has been a senior advisor to the Biden for President campaign, and was Biden’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2011 when he was Vice President.

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Pentagon Military Defense DoD

Army Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier became the 22nd director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) this week after the retirement of Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., and a change of command and retirement ceremony on Oct. 1 with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley presiding.

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5G wireless infrastructure technology

Nine more companies have joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition, bringing the total number of members to 54. The coalition, formed in May, is seeking to promote policies to open up the radio access networks– a key part of the architecture necessary for 5G wireless services.

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FCC

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), a non-profit association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced that Christine Fox will serve as the organization’s interim executive director. Fox assumes the role following the passing of Candice Dodson. Fox has been with SETDA since 2004 and most recently served as deputy executive director. The organization’s board of directors is currently searching for a permanent executive director.

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Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors on Sept. 2, a move which comes just months after the board’s establishment in January. Sheryl Hanchar and Charlie Williams, Jr. were added to the board to serve terms beginning immediately, a CMMC-AB news release said.

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cybersecurity

Cybersecurity agencies of the nations in the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance released a joint cybersecurity advisory to serve as a “playbook” for investigating incidents and highlight technical approaches to uncovering malicious activity.

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Aug. 26 that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has entered a consent decree imposing a permanent injunction which bars two individuals and two companies from conveying any telephone calls into the U.S. telephone system. The two individuals are spouses Nicholas and Natasha Palumbo, and their companies, Ecommerce National LLC and SIP Retail.

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