New Additions to AllGov

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 1:31 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added several nations and profiles of Obama appointees, including six ambassadors.

Agency Heads
William Taggart-Federal Student Aid
Julie Paradis-Food and Nutrition Service
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana-Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Dave White-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Arturo Valenzuela-Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Kurt Campbell-Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Rose Gottemoeller-Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation
John Easton-Institute of Education Sciences
Kathleen Martinez-Office of Disability Employment Policy
Mark Gitenstein-Romania                    
C. Steven McGann-Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga and Nauru

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