New Additions to AllGov

Date: Friday, August 14, 2009 2:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added profiles of several recent Obama appointees, including eight ambassadors.

Agency Heads
Jim Leach-National Endowment for the Humanities
Ray Jefferson-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
Thomas Frieden-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kathy Greenlee-Administration on Aging
H. Marshall Jarrett-United States Attorneys
Douglas Elmendorf-Congressional Budget Office
Kenneth Melson-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Eric Broderick-Substance Abuse & Mental health Service Administration
Liz Birnbaum-Minerals Management Service
Ted Strickland-Appalachian Regional Commission
Donald Gips-South Africa
James B. Smith-Saudi Arabia
Nicole Avant-Bahamas
Donald Beyer-Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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