New Additions to AllGov

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 2:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

As President Obama and his cabinet members fill their teams, AllGov is adding profiles of the appointees. Among the latest additions: Michael Michener-Foreign Agricultural Service, Gregory Jaczko-Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rocco Landesman-National Endowment for the Arts, Inez Tenenbaum-Consumer Product Safety Commission, Robert Blake-Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Jon Huntsman-Ambassador to China, Peter Appel-Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration, David Stevens-Federal Housing Administration, Mary Patrice Brown-Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibilty, Jordan Barab-Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Peter Rogoff-Federal Transit Administration, Jane Oates-Employment and Training Administration, Thomasina Rogers-Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, Sandra Henriquez-Office of Public and Indian Housing, Jeffrey Feltman-Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Robert Groves-U.S. Census Bureau and Johnnie Carson-Bureau of African Affairs.

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