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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Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Is Robert Weaver?

President Trump has nominated an insurance broker to lead the Indian Health Service, an agency usually overseen by medical professionals because it is a provider of health services. The nominee, Robert Weaver, published a 2017 paper that criticized the Affordable Care Act, while lauding its benefits for Native Americans that he urged be kept. He said that "health insurance will improve for Americans in general under the replacement plan.” Of course, no such plan had been published at that time.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg: Who Is Randy Evans?

A generous donor to the GOP, Evans became a senior advisor to Newt Gingrich’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign. Evans used his relationship with Gingrich as a launch pad for both his political and legal career. Gingrich hired Evans as his outside counsel to represent him in several ethics investigations, which culminated in the House formally reprimanding Gingrich and ordering him to pay a $300,000 penalty, which lead to his resignation as Speaker of the House..   read more

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Who Was Tom Marino?

Marino withdrew as nominee for "drug czar" right after a news report detailed his efforts to pass a 2016 law, at the behest of pharmaceutical interests, that made it harder to stop sales of addictive drugs by manufacturers and pharmacies. The report also disclosed his efforts to silence one of the law's critics. AlterNet's Philip Smith wrote: “Marino will be the sort of drug czar who is tough on Colombian peasant farmers, but not so tough on major U.S. pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers.”   read more

Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Who Is Walter Copan?

Copan is a leading expert in the commercialization of technology who says his top priority is to implement the Cybersecurity Framework, an effort led by NIST to improve network security across federal agencies as well as industry. He will have to defend NIST’s budget ($962 million for FY2017), which Trump has proposed to cut by 24%, including a 13% cut to its seven research labs and an 86% cut to its industrial technology services program.   read more

Director of the Office of Public and Indian Housing: Who Is Hunter Kurtz?

In 2006, Kurtz took his first job related to housing, serving as special assistant to Assistant HUD Secretary for Community Planning and Development Pamela Patenaude. He then served as special assistant to the deputy chief of staff at HUD and as policy advisor in HUD’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Kurtz later left federal service to work for the City of Detroit, which had been taken over by state government due to the city’s financial problems.   read more
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