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Here are the IT and cyber experts helping with the Biden transition

President-elect Joe Biden recently named members of his transition team who will lead agency reviews as the new administration prepares to take office in January. Many of those volunteers are former IT and cybersecurity experts who've served in the government prior. Many had high-level roles during the Obama administration, like the first U.S. CTO, Aneesh Chopra; former deputy U.S. CTO, Nicole Wong; and many alums of the U.S. Digital Service. FedScoop sourced a thorough — but not necessarily exhaustive — list of transition officials with IT and cyber backgrounds. See who Biden picked.

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Biden leans on state and local, too

Biden's transition advisers also include numerous people with extensive experience in state and local technology and infrastructure policy. Among Biden's advisers are former Santa Clara County, Calif., CIO Ann Dunkin and current North Carolina Department of Information Technology chief of staff Nate Denny, both of whom previously worked for the Obama administration. "If you look at the change that’s happening, it’s often led by local and state leaders,” said Jay Nath, co-CEO of the civic-tech group City Innovate. Benjamin Freed has this one.

Jill Biden promotes community colleges' role in workforce development

The soon-to-be first lady said community colleges' ability to meet students "where they are" is a key part of what makes them essential pieces of workforce development. Biden spoke during an online conference hosted by College Promise, which advocates for free community college in the U.S. The institutions can be "transformative," Biden said. During the Obama-Biden administration, Vice President (now President-elect) Joe Biden advocated for and proposed a path to free community college. Betsy Foresman has more.

Biden focus on higher education could help institutions survive pandemic

Once inaugurated in January, Biden is expected to emphasize more assistance for colleges and universities grappling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of higher education experts told EdScoop. In addition to assistance, the experts also expect more focus on educational accessibility and broadband investments. More from Betsy.

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