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Latest Presidential Appointment Updates

by: Matt

Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 23:43:12 PM EDT

We'll list all updates to the appointment lists here. Our list of Presidential Appointments requiring Senate confirmation is here. Senate hearing schedules can be found here.

Mar 18, 2009
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education (announced 2/4/09). Carmel Martin, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Peter Cunningham, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach (both announced 1/30/09). Susan Burk, Special Representative of the President, with the rank of Ambassador, State Department; Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Michelle J. DePass, Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency; Cynthia J. Giles, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Environmental Protection Agency; Michael L. Connor, Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; Scott Blake Harris, General Counsel, Department of Energy; and Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation.

Mar 17, 2009
Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance

Mar 14, 2009
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Mar 13, 2009
Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice; Linda A. Puchala, Member, National Mediation Board; James W. Miller, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service, United States Department of Agriculture; Dallas P. Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture; and Ines Triay, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Department of Energy.

Mar 12, 2009
Announced: Demetrios Marantis, Nominee for Deputy United States Trade Representative; Kristina M. Johnson, Nominee for Under Secretary of Energy; Gina McCarthy, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency; and Ronald H. Weich, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice.

David Ogden, to be Deputy Attorney General, Confirmed by full Senate: 66-26
Thomas Perrelli, to be Associate Attorney General, Confirmed by full Senate: 72-20
Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative, approved by senate Finance Committee by voice vote.

Mar 11, 2009
Announced: Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry as Ambassador to Afghanistan, Christopher R. Hill as Ambassador to Iraq, Ivo Daalder as United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Ambassador to NATO), Alexander Vershbow as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Richard R. Verma for Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the State Department and Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the new Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

Mar 10, 2009
Austan Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse, nominees for the Council of Economic Adviser, both confirmed by Full Senate.

Mar 8, 2009
Announced: David S. Cohen, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Terrorist Financing; Alan B. Krueger, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Economic Policy; and Kim N. Wallace, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Legislative Affairs.

Mar 6, 2009
Announced: Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organizations; Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

Mar 4, 2009
Announced:  Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, Brian Kennedy, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Labor; Dana Gresham, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, Department of Transportation; Peter Kovar, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Sherburne “Shere” Abbott, Nominee for Associate Director of Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Mar 3, 2009
Announced: John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of VA (announced 1/30/09).

Mar 2, 2009
Announced: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of White House Office for Health Reform

Earlier updates after the break.
Matt :: Latest Presidential Appointment Updates

Feb 28, 2009
Announced: Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce, Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission; Charlie Rose, General Counsel at the Department of Education; and Roy Keinitz, Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation, Department of Defense: Jim Miller, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Policy, and Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson, Jr. (USMC, Ret), Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (announced 1/26/09), Ivan Fong, General Counsel, Homeland Security (announced 1/29/09)

The White House also announced that the following individuals will remain serving in their current posts at the Department of Defense: Mike Donley, Secretary of the Air Force; Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper (USAF, Ret), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; and Michael G. Vickers, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities (SO/LIC&IC).

David Odgen, confirmed by Judiciary Committee, 14-5.

Feb 23, 2009
Announced: Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture; Jon Cannon, Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Seth Harris, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor; John Morton, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Ashton Carter, Nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Department of Defense; April Boyd, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Commerce; and Tom Strickland, Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior.  The White House also announced today that Steve Rattner will serve as a Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, White House Research Director; Daniella Gibbs Leger, Director of Message Events; Macon Phillips, Director of New Media; Christina Reynolds, Director of Media Affairs; Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media; Dana E. Singiser, White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Amy Brundage, Regional Communications Director; Cammie Croft, Deputy New Media Director; Jason Djang, Deputy Director for Video; Corey Ealons, Director of African American Media and Coordinator of Special Projects; Shin Inouye, Director of Specialty Media; Jesse Lee, Online Programs Director; Katherine Lyons, Deputy Director of Message Events; Luis Miranda, Director of Hispanic Media; Moira Mack Muntz, Regional Communications Director; Katie Stanton, Director of Citizen Participation; Joelle Terry, Deputy Director of Message Events; Gannet Tseggai, Regional Communications Director; and Samantha Tubman, Assistant Social Secretary.

Feb 19, 2009
Announced: Adolfo Carrion, White House Director of Urban Affairs and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs.

Feb 12, 2009

Leon Panetta confirmed as CIA director by full Senate, by unanimous consent.
Judd Gregg withdraws as Commerce Secretary-nominee.
Announced: Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy

Feb 11, 2009
William Lynn, confirmed by the full Senate.

Feb 9, 2009
Robert Hale, Michele Flournoy, and Jeh Charles Johnson, confirmed by the full Senate.

Feb 6, 2009
Announced: Deputy Associate Directors of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: Jodi Archambault Gillette, Nicholas Rathod, and Michael Blake.

Feb 5, 2009
William Lynn, Robert F. Hale, Michele Flournoy , and Jeh Charles Johnson, all approved by the Armed Services Committee by voice vote.

Feb 3, 2009
Announced: Judd Gregg, Secretary of Commerce, Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs
Tom Daschle withdraws as HHS Secretary

Feb 2, 2009
Eric Holder, confirmed by full Senate, 75-21
Announced: Ron Sims, HUD Deputy Secretary

Jan 28, 2009
Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence,James Steinberg, deputy secretary of state, Jacob Lew, deputy secretary of state, management and resources; Robert Nabors, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and Christina Romer to be head of the Council of Economic Advisors, all confirmed by full Senate by voice vote.

Jan 27, 2009
Daniel Tarullo, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, confirmed by the Senate.

Jan 26, 2009
Tim Geithner, confirmed by full Senate, 60-34

Jan 22, 2009
Announced: Department of Justice (DOJ) appointees: David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Division; Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for Criminal; and Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust.
Tom Geithner, confirmed by Finance Committee, 18-5.
Confirmed by the full Senate by unanimous consent: Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator and Nancy Sutley as chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Shaun Donovan as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary and Mary Shapiro as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jan 21, 2009
Hillary Clinton, confirmed by full Senate, 94-2
Susan Rice, confirmed by Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote

Jan 20, 2009
Confirmed by the full Senate by unanimous consent:  Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education; Janet Napolitano, for Homeland Security, Peter Orszag as Director of the office of Management and Budget; Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior; Eric K. Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

Jan 19, 2009
Announced: Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Jeffrey Liebman, Executive Associate Director; Steve Kosiak, Associate Director for Defense and International Affairs; Robert Gordon, Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor; Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Director for General Government Programs; Preeta Bansal, OMB General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor; and Kenneth Baer, Associate Director for Communications and Strategic Planning.

Jan 16, 2009
Danielle Crutchfield, Director of Scheduling for the President; Marvin Nicholson, Trip Director for the President; Emmett Beliveau, Director of Advance; and Patrick Dillon, Deputy Director of Political Affairs.

First Lady’s Office: David Medina as Deputy Chief of Staff, Jocelyn Frye as Director of Policy and Projects, Trooper Sanders as Deputy Director of Policy and Projects, Franny Starkey Sanguin as Director of Scheduling and Advance, Jennifer Goodman as Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events, Dana M. Lewis as Personal Aide, Kristen Jarvis as Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide, Tyler Lechtenberg as Director of Correspondence, Ebs Burnough as Deputy Social Secretary, Joe Reinstein as Deputy Social Secretary, Sally Armbruster as Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary, Joe Boswell as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, and Natalie Bookey as Staff Assistant. 

Jan 15, 2009

Lisa Konwinski, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs
Legislative Staff: Jay Heimbach, Christopher Kang, Sean Kennedy, Jim Oleske, Jim Papa, Alejandro Pérez, Jonathan Samuels, Shelly O’Neill Stoneman, Louisa Terrell, Denise Wilson.

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Foreign Relations, 16-1.

Jan 13, 2009
William Corr, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services

Jan 12, 2009
Announced (via Senate hearing scheduled)
Dr. Cecilia Rouse , Member, Council of Economic Advisors

Jan 9, 2009

Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence
Leon Panetta, Director, CIA
John Brennan, Homeland Security Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser for Counterterrorism

Jan 8, 2009

William J. Lynn III - Deputy Secretary of Defense
Robert F. Hale - Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Michèle Flournoy - Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)
Jeh Charles Johnson - General Counsel
Elisabeth Hire, Director of Scheduling, VP                   
Pete Selfrisge, Director of Advance, VP
Anthony Bernal, Director of Scheduling for Dr Jill Biden
Sam Myers Sr., Trip Director for the VP    

Jan 6, 2009

Nancy Killefer , Chief Performance Officer, Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget

Jan 5, 2009

Don Gips - White House Director of Presidential Personnel
Bradley J. Kiley - Director of the Office of Management and Administration
Susan Sher - Associate Counsel to the President
Brian McKeon - Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Courtney O'Donnell - Communications Director for Dr. Jill Biden
Carlos E. Elizondo - Residence Manager and Social Secretary for the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden
Pete Souza, Chief White House Photographer

David Ogden - Deputy Attorney General
Elena Kagan - Solicitor General
Tom Perrelli - Associate Attorney General
Dawn Johnsen - Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel

Jan 4, 2009

Bill Richardson withdrawn as nominee for Secretary of Commerce.

Dec 31, 2008

Alan Hoffman, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Sudafi Henry,  Director of Legislative Affairs for the Vice President

Dec 24, 2008

Nancy Sutley, Chairperson, Council on Environmental Quality
Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Shawn Maher, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the United States Senate
Dan Turton, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the United States House
Cassandra Butts, Deputy White House Counsel
Elizabeth Sears Smith, Deputy Cabinet Secretary
Camille Johnston, Director of Communications for Michelle Obama
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Press Secretary for Michelle Obama
Semonti Mustaphi, Deputy Press Secretary for Michelle Obama
Bill Burton, Deputy Press Secretary
Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Director of White House Office of Health Refor
Austan Goolsbee, Member of the Council of Economic Adviser
Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Policy Director to the Vice President

Dec 22, 2008

Thomas E. Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor
Antony “Tony” Blinken as National Security Advisor to the Vice President
James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State,
Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary of State

Dec 21, 2008

John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator

Dec 20, 2008

Karen Mills, Administrator, Small Business Administration
Jay Carney, Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Communications
Elizabeth Alexander, Press Secretary to the Vice President
Annie Tomasini, Deputy Press Secretary to the Vice President.

Dec. 19, 2008:

Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation

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Re: The Appointment update list (0.00 / 0)
Thanks Matt for keeping on top of this, it helps me greatly with my BBC pieces over here in the UK.

May I offer a suggestion, since Obama has made education a priority, could you also list the Under Secretaries of that Department on your list? I understand the lesser appointments being left off but Education seems rather important. It is a nightmare and I know you will keep us up-to-date better than anyone else.

Keep up the great work guys, glad to see you're still around. You are a valuable resource to us all! Happy Holidays.

Denis Campbell

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We still have lots of positions to add to the list, including everything in the Dept. of Education. We'll try to get everything updated over the next couple of weeks.

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Specter supports Holder (0.00 / 0)
Specter has announced he will vote for Holder's confirmation.

Kareem Dale = Special Asst. to Pres. for Disability Policy (0.00 / 0)
VP Biden announced Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

Dale, who has been with President Obama for years and is partially blind, said he was "just humbled and honored for the faith the president and vice president have shown in me."




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