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Biden team taps tech leaders

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team named two officials to oversee tech within the White House — and perhaps more broadly. David Recordon will be the director of technology in the White House’s Office of Management and Administration (OMA), and Austin Lin will serve as his deputy, the team announced Tuesday. While these roles will be housed in the OMA — typically an internal, behind-the-scenes White House office that oversees operations — it appears the incoming administration wants them to "play an important role in restoring faith across the federal government by encouraging collaboration to further secure American cyber interests." Jackson Barnett has more.

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'Fewer than 10 U.S. government agencies' affected

Federal agencies investigated the sophisticated SolarWinds hack acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that the attack is “likely Russian in origin,” calling it “a serious compromise that will require a sustained and dedicated effort to remediate.” In a statement, the agencies also said that while the malicious software update went to 18,000 government and private-sector customers, “a much smaller number have been compromised by follow-on activity on their systems" with "fewer than 10 U.S. government agencies" identified so far. Read more on CyberScoop.

FedRAMP Authorization Act passes again

For the third time in less than a year, the House has passed the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act. Authored by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., the bill would codify and fund the program that authorizes and continuously monitors cloud services across government. The legislation has never been taken up by the Senate despite passing the House twice in 2020. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

State Department names new chief data officer

The State Department has a new chief data officer. The department announced Monday it hired Matthew Graviss as the first person to hold the job full-time. More from Dave.

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