Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Information Technology Management, Policies, and Practices at NAS

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Information Technology Management, Policies, and Practices at NAS

Press Release
From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), submitted the following opening statement for the record.

Good morning Chairwoman Horn, Ranking Member Babin, and Members of the Subcommittee. To our witnesses, welcome and thank you for being here.

As we ushered in 2020 and a new decade, none of us could have predicted that we’d be here today, six months into a new way of living and working in order to protect our own and others’ health from COVID-19. 

Thanks to the internet, information technology, and communication services, many Americans can continue to interact with family and friends—albeit virtually—and work remotely. That includes NASA’s workforce. 

To its credit, NASA is accomplishing a lot in this virtual, telework environment, though some

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Women of color have steeper climb when opening a business

GREENVILLE, S.C. – As a Clemson University student in the ’90s, Nekita Sullivan and her friends had to pile in a car and drive to Greenville, Seneca or Anderson for Black beauty products and hair care. 



a person standing in a living room: Nekita Sullivan, owner of Butterfly Eco Beauty Bar in Clemson, Friday, August 14, 2020. Sullivan opened her salon in February before being forced to close down in March due to COVID-19.


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Nekita Sullivan, owner of Butterfly Eco Beauty Bar in Clemson, Friday, August 14, 2020. Sullivan opened her salon in February before being forced to close down in March due to COVID-19.

The inconvenience of traveling two or three towns over for beauty care gave Sullivan an idea: a multiethnic beauty bar where students and university employees of all races and hair textures could go in the heart of downtown Clemson. 

Sullivan finally realized that dream after more than 20 years, but she didn’t know how difficult it would be. 

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Women, especially women of color, face

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