*** The Defense Department tapped William Lietzau to be the director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Lietzau replaces Charles Phalen, who was the acting director for the agency since July 2019 and helped transfer the National Background Investigations Bureau from OPM to DOD in October. Lietzau has an extensive DOD career and was most recently the director for the office for personnel vetting transformation, which oversaw NBIB's shift. Lietzau was also the point for detainee policy under the Obama administration, resigning from that post in 2013.
*** The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received three new nominations on March 16 that would allow the agency to continue operating at full capacity if confirmed before July 2020.
The nominees are Jocelyn Samuels, Keith Sonderling and Andrea Lucas. An EEOC spokesperson told FCW in January that Victoria Lipnic, a current EEOC Commissioner, would not seek reelection once her term expires in July 2020, leaving a potential third vacancy.
*** Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar acknowledged that agency networks and websites were under attack in the past 24 hours, but said that attackers didn't make it inside.
"We had no degradation of the functioning of our networks. We had no limitation of our capacity for people to telework. We've taken very strong defensive actions," Azar said at a Monday White House briefing. "The source of this enhanced activity remains under investigation, so I wouldn't want to speculate on the source of it. But there was no data breach or no degradation in terms of our ability to function and serve our important mission here."
Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 2:08 AM