New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, July 20, 2009 12:50 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

Three countries have been added to the Nations section of AllGov: Russia, Ukraine and Guatemala. We have also added profiles for ambassador nominees Miguel Diaz (Vatican City), Louis Susman, (United Kingdom), Laurie Fulton (Denmark), Tim Roemer (India), Charles Rivkin (France) and John Roos (Japan), as well as NASA administrator Charles Bolden, Max Cleland, chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Chief of the Office of Protocol Capricia Marshall and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

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Problems with Government Departments Meant to Help Native Americans

Multiple agencies weren't following best practices for initiatives to help Indian tribes achieve their energy goals. Development of tribes' resources requires approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where we've found long-running federal mismanagement of Indian energy resources. We've also found that deteriorating facilities have led to unsafe conditions at Bureau of Indian Education schools. Misused funds included $1.7 million that was improperly transferred to off-shore accounts.   read more

Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Is Jelena McWilliams?

In nominating McWilliams, Trump has inched closer to finalizing his banking regulation team, which he intends to use to undermine the financial system protections adopted under President Barack Obama. McWilliams’ deep involvement with the banking industry began in 2007, when she joined the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as an attorney. In 2010 she joined the GOP-led Senate Small Business Committee to work on financial regulations, economic policy, and related small business issues.   read more

Ambassador of the United States to Morocco: Who Is David T. Fischer?

President Trump has selected a car dealer to serve as the next ambassador to Morocco. Although David Fischer has no known connections to Morocco, he gave $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee and has donated heavily to Republican candidates for many years. Fischer began his career as a service advisor at his dad’s dealership, which he took over in 1978. It is the 16th largest automotive retail dealer group in the U.S. Fischer is currently CEO of the North American International Auto Show.   read more

CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service: Who Is Barbara Stewart?

Stewart spent about five years working in the office of Illinois Governor James Thompson (R) on his policy and program staff. In 1991, as Thompson’s term was ending, Stewart moved into government relations for Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-area electric utility. She returned to politics in 1996 as deputy chief of staff to Lt. Governor Bob Kustra (R-Illinois). Stewart stayed there only briefly, however, leaving in 1997 to become a vice president at the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm.   read more

Director of the Institute of Education Sciences: Who Is Mark Schneider?

In 2005, Pres. George W. Bush nominated Schneider to lead NCES (part of IES). The administration favored charter schools, putting Schneider in an awkward position when an Education Dept report showed that fourth-graders in public schools did much better in math and reading than those at charter schools. So Schneider said the Education Dept should stop studying such questions. “We know [charter schools] are not doing harm," he said, "so they pass a fundamental test of policy analysis.”   read more
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