New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, January 4, 2010 12:29 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added profiles of several Obama appointees, including ten ambassadors. Colombia has also been added to the Nations section.

Agency Heads
David Kappos-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Aaron Williams-Peace Corps
Daniel Yohannes-Millennium Challenge Corporation
Bob Abbey-Bureau of Land Management
David Matsuda-Maritime Administration
Daniel Elliott-Surface Transportation Board
Chuck Hagel-President’s Intelligence Board
David Boren-President’s Intelligence Board
Cynthia Quarterman-Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Brenda Dann-Messier-Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Adam Namm-Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Anne Ferro-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Patrick Fitzgerald-Defense Contract Audit Agency
Alexa Posny- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Warren “Pete” Miller-Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Luis C de Baca-Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
David Thorne-Italy and San Marino
David Huebner-New Zealand and Samoa
Cynthia Stroum-Luxembourg
Charles Ray-Zimbabwe
Bruce Oreck-Finland
Beatrice Wilkinson Welters-Trinidad and Tobago
Gordon Gray-Tunisia
Martha Campbell-Marshall Islands

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