New Additions to AllGov-People

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:25 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

We have added new profiles of President Obama’s appointees and nominees. They are:

Agency Heads
Douglas Anderson- United States Access Board
John Bates-Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Jacqueline Berrien-Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Donald Berwick- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Daryl Boness-Marine Mammal Commission
Francis Collins-National Institutes of Health
John Cornyn-James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Earl Gohl- Appalachian Regional Commission
Ruth Goldway- Postal Regulatory Commission
Elisabeth Hagen-Food Safety and Inspection Service
Martha Johnson-General Services Administration
Jim Leach- National Endowment for the Humanities
Joe Main-Mine Safety and Health Administration
James Markowsky-Office of Fossil Energy
Jim Miller- Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Eduardo Ochoa- Office of Postsecondary Education
Harris Sherman- Natural Resources and Environment
Janey Thornton-Food and Nutrition Service
Jeff Bleich-Australia
Fay Hartog Levin-Netherlands
John Nay-Suriname

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