Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. Southern and Northern Commands. The committee will hear testimony from Adm. Craig Faller, commander of Southern Command, and Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of Northern Command.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.: The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations will hold a hearing on disinformation in the gray zone. The subcommittee will hear testimony from David Taylor, the senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, and Christopher Maier, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.: The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security will hold a hearing on the 2021 high-risk list of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The subcommittee will hear testimony from the SIGAR, John Sopko.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.: The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on climate change, national security and the Arctic. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Sherri Goodman, a senior fellow at the Wilson Center, and Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, an advisory board member at the Center for Climate and Security.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the way forward on homeland security. The committee will hear testimony from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.: The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center will host a live conversation on the challenges and opportunities of Sudan’s civilian transition and the military’s role. The event will feature a conversation between Sudanese Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim and Cameron Hudson, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. Amb. Rama Yade, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, will make remarks.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber will hold a hearing on the democratic movement in Belarus. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a Belarusian human rights activist and politician.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on advancing effective U.S. policy for strategic competition with China. The committee will hear testimony from Elizabeth Economy, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Tom Shugart, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on Department of Homeland Security management challenges. The subcommittee will hear testimony from two former secretaries of homeland security: Jeh Johnson and Michael Chertoff.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights will hold a hearing on COVID-19 in Africa. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Donald Kaberuka, co-chair of U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and the African Union High Representative for the Peace Fund, and John Nkengsagong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the federal government’s COVID-19 response. The committee will hear testimony from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; David Kessler, chief science officer for COVID response at the Department of Health and Human Services; Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration; and Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will hold a hearing on discrimination and violence against Asian Americans. The subcommittee has not yet released a witness list.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Suzanne Nossel, chief executive officer of PEN America; Hala Aldosari, a Saudi activist and scholar; and Kirsten Fontenrose, director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.: The Atlantic Council and US Holocaust Memorial Museum will co-host a panel discussion on the prospects of accountability and justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Syrian conflict. The panel will be moderated by Jomana Qaddour, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and will feature Amb. Stephen Rapp, a senior fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide; Yasmine Nahlawi, legal consultant; and Sareta Ashraph, senior adviser for the Simon-Skjodt Center. Naomi Kikoler, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center, will make closing remarks.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:15 a.m.: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on understanding and responding to the SolarWinds supply chain attack. The committee will hear testimony from Christopher DeRusha, federal chief information security officer at the Office of Management and Budget; Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency; and Tonya Ugortez, deputy assistant director of the cyber readiness, outreach, and intelligence branch of the FBI.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.: The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces will hold a hearing on the Department of the Navy’s unmanned systems. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Jay Stefany, acting assistant navy secretary for research, development and acquisition; Vice Adm. James Kilby, deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities; and Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the international impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will hear testimony from Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health; Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps; and Tom Bollyky, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Friday, March 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.: The Wilson Center will host an online discussion on how threats have evolved since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. The conversation will feature Jane Harman, president emerita of the Wilson Center and former chair of the house homeland security subcommittee on intelligence, information sharing and terrorism risk assessment; and Rep. John Katko, ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. You can register here.
Friday, March 19, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.: The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems will hold a hearing on Defense Department electromagnetic spectrum operations. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Joseph Kirschbaum, director of the Government Accountability Office; Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute; and William Conley, chief technology officer at Mercury Systems, Inc.
Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)
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We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy people like you– who are have recently finished, or are on track to finish a Master’s program or PhD– to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders — who can understand the challenges of government and in the technology community — and keep Congress up to date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.
The Congressional Innovation Scholars program is a fellowship exclusively for individuals that have recently finished, or are on the cusp of finishing a technical degree program. The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is meant for mid-career professionals, who on average join with eight to fourteen years of professional experience. The model of the Congressional Innovation Scholars program— our orientation, your placement in Congress, and your work on Capitol Hill— is virtually identical to the Congressional Innovation Fellows program.
You should be in or have recently completed a graduate-level or PhD-level program. Recent graduates with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.
The explicit goal of the Congressional Innovation Scholars program is to serve as a pipeline for you into the ecosystem of public interest technology, and remain in government or the nonprofit sector. In short: we want this program to be the pathway to a job immediately after the ten-month fellowship finishes. You are eligible to apply if you are in the middle of a Master’s, PhD or other graduate-level program but please know that we are looking for those individuals who desire to stay in government or public policy and have the ability to do so.
That’s great! That’s exactly what we’re trying to accomplish. We spend a large portion of the program helping you build your network in Washington and on Capitol Hill in order to position you to find full-time employment after the program finishes.
Any graduate-level or PhD-level program in computer science, engineering, data science, informatics, IT, cybersecurity, or other technical field. If you studied in one of these fields as an undergrad, or worked in a technical field and are now pursuing a law or public policy degree, that will also make you well qualified.
Scholars will start the second week of June. You will serve a ten-month term, through early April 2022.
Scholars receive a $60,000 annual equivalent salary ($5,000 / month) paid out at the beginning of the month. The program also includes funding for travel, health care, and relocation to Washington, D.C.
Scholars receive health care reimbursement of up to $400 per month; a $1500 reimbursement for Fellowship travel; up to $2500 for relocation expenses; and up to $2000 for accommodation for the first month of the fellowship in the Washington DC area to ease the transition during COVID-19.
You need to be a citizen, green card holder, or dreamer (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)) to be eligible for the program.
Desired qualifications include: (1) Masters or equivalent evidence of extensive original scholarly research and writing is strongly preferred; (2) expertise in one or more of the following: Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, autonomous systems, cyber operations, robotics, human-machine teaming, nanotechnology, biotechnology, electronic warfare, and/or the technology industry; (3) experience in the military, government service, or some other strategy-related profession.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.
Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar.
Please send the following required documents to email@example.com with the title “Attorney-Advisor”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.
Telework may be made available per agency policy.