Appointments and Resignations

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Chairwoman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Who Is Joyce Connery?

In January 2012, Connery took the newly-created position of director of nuclear energy policy in the NSC’s office of international economics. She has a reputation as a proponent of replacing coal fired power plants with small nuclear reactors and of exporting such reactors to other countries.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus: Who Is Kathleen Doherty?

Doherty returned to Washington in 2010 as director of the State Department’s Office of European Union and Regional Affairs and in September 2011 was made deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. She went back to Rome in August 2013 as deputy chief of mission, remaining in that post until her nomination as ambassador.   read more

Director of the National Weather Service: Who Is Louis Uccellini?

On February 10, 2013, Louis W. Uccellini was made director of the National Weather Service (NWS). The appointment of Uccellini, an expert on blizzards, came shortly after Superstorm Sandy raked the Northeast. Uccellini has written extensively on weather, including co-authoring a two-volume publication, Northeast Snowstorms.   read more

Assistant Administrator of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research: Who Is Craig McLean?

Craig N. McLean was named January 21, 2015, to head the office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He’s responsible for the agency’s research laboratories, climate program, National Sea Grant, and ocean exploration. Beginning in April 2010, McLean was OAR’s acting assistant administrator.   read more

Longtime Library of Congress Chief to Resign Amid Complaints of Mismanagement

Under his leadership, the Library of Congress has been criticized in more than a dozen government reports for poor management and technology failures that have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. Billington has been criticized for making only a small fraction of the library’s 24 million books available online. “There is a general sense of relief, hope and renewal, all rolled into one feeling,” said one staffer about the news. “Like a great weight has been lifted from our shoulders.”   read more

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton Resigns

Sen Chuck Grassley said there were “serious questions” about the agency's leadership, including nepotism allegations, punishment of whistleblowers and possibly mishandling of funds. The senator said he would continue to investigate the Marshal Service despite Hylton’s departure. His actions prompted the Justice Department Inspector General to open its own investigation last month. The agency's surveillance methods, which have swept up Americans' phone calls, have also been under scrutiny.   read more

Acting Administrator of the National Ocean Service: Who Is Russell Callender?

W. Russell Callender took over as acting assistant administrator in charge of the National Ocean Service in November 2014, capping a long career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2013, Callender was appointed deputy assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service and took over the agency the following year.   read more

Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development: Who Is Gayle Smith?

From 2005 to 2007, Smith also worked for the Clinton Global Initiative, the organization founded by former President Clinton. Smith joined the Obama administration in 2009 as special assistant to the president and senior director for development and democracy on the National Security Council staff, with responsibility for global development, democracy, and humanitarian assistance issues. She is a longtime associate of Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor.   read more

Director of the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service: Who Is Stephen Volz?

In November 2007, Volz took over as NASA’s associate director for flight programs in its earth science division. He managed all of NASA’s earth science programs, including all the satellites devoted to that field. Volz became the Commerce Department’s assistant administrator in charge of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) on November 2, 2014.   read more

Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service: Who Is Eileen Sobeck?

Sobeck was made deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in 1999, a position she held for 10 years. Sobeck transferred to the Interior Department in 2009 as deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks and served for a time as acting assistant secretary.   read more

Thailand’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pisan Manawapat?

In 2011 Pisan was named ambassador to India, serving there for two years. He then took over the Thai embassy in Canada. Since taking over in Washington, Pisan has spent much of his time attempting to improve relations between his country and the United States in the wake of a May 2014 coup, after which the Thai government tightened restrictions of freedom of expression in their country.   read more

Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration: Who Is Chuck Rosenberg?

Beginning in 2007, he served as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Rosenberg left again for the private sector in 2008, defending white-collar criminals as a partner at Hogan Lovells. Rosenberg returned in 2013 to work for James Comey again, this time as chief of staff and counselor to the FBI director. Unlike his predecessor, as leader of the DEA, Rosenberg is expected to focus more on heroin and harder drugs and less on enforcement of marijuana laws.   read more

Director of the Minority Business Development Agency: Who Is Alejandra Castillo?

Castillo joined the Commerce Department in 2008 as special advisor to Christopher Padilla, the under secretary for the U. S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In 2010, Castillo was named national deputy director of Minority Business Development Agency, and was moved up to the directorship in 2014.   read more

Director of the Transportation Security Administration: Who Is Peter Neffenger?

Neffenger went on to serve as the Coast Guard’s director of strategic management and doctrine and by 2010 he was the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations and deputy national incident commander and worked on much of that service’s response to the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2014, he was made vice commandant of the Coast Guard, that service’s No. 2-ranking officer, a post he held until his nomination as TSA director.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis: Who Is Brian Moyer?

Some of Moyer’s research has been directed at improving statistics related to measures of volume and prices, productivity and uses of intermediate purchases by industry. Moyer became BEA’s acting director in May 2014 when the previous director, J. Steven Landefeld, stepped down. If Landefeld’s tenure is any predictor, Moyer might be at BEA for a while; Landefeld led the agency for 19 years.   read more

Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Réka Szemerkényi?

In 2006, Szemerkényi was named chief advisor for international public relations to the CEO of MOL group, the Hungarian oil and gas company. That same year, she also became a senior associate in the Institute of Kremlinology at Gáspár Károli Reformed University. Orbán and Fidesz returned to office in 2010 and by 2011 Szemerkényi was the prime minister’s chief advisor on security policy. Szemerkényi’s views are said to be completely in line with those of Orbán.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

1 to 16 of about 1158 News
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Chairwoman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Who Is Joyce Connery?

In January 2012, Connery took the newly-created position of director of nuclear energy policy in the NSC’s office of international economics. She has a reputation as a proponent of replacing coal fired power plants with small nuclear reactors and of exporting such reactors to other countries.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus: Who Is Kathleen Doherty?

Doherty returned to Washington in 2010 as director of the State Department’s Office of European Union and Regional Affairs and in September 2011 was made deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. She went back to Rome in August 2013 as deputy chief of mission, remaining in that post until her nomination as ambassador.   read more

Director of the National Weather Service: Who Is Louis Uccellini?

On February 10, 2013, Louis W. Uccellini was made director of the National Weather Service (NWS). The appointment of Uccellini, an expert on blizzards, came shortly after Superstorm Sandy raked the Northeast. Uccellini has written extensively on weather, including co-authoring a two-volume publication, Northeast Snowstorms.   read more

Assistant Administrator of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research: Who Is Craig McLean?

Craig N. McLean was named January 21, 2015, to head the office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He’s responsible for the agency’s research laboratories, climate program, National Sea Grant, and ocean exploration. Beginning in April 2010, McLean was OAR’s acting assistant administrator.   read more

Longtime Library of Congress Chief to Resign Amid Complaints of Mismanagement

Under his leadership, the Library of Congress has been criticized in more than a dozen government reports for poor management and technology failures that have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. Billington has been criticized for making only a small fraction of the library’s 24 million books available online. “There is a general sense of relief, hope and renewal, all rolled into one feeling,” said one staffer about the news. “Like a great weight has been lifted from our shoulders.”   read more

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton Resigns

Sen Chuck Grassley said there were “serious questions” about the agency's leadership, including nepotism allegations, punishment of whistleblowers and possibly mishandling of funds. The senator said he would continue to investigate the Marshal Service despite Hylton’s departure. His actions prompted the Justice Department Inspector General to open its own investigation last month. The agency's surveillance methods, which have swept up Americans' phone calls, have also been under scrutiny.   read more

Acting Administrator of the National Ocean Service: Who Is Russell Callender?

W. Russell Callender took over as acting assistant administrator in charge of the National Ocean Service in November 2014, capping a long career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2013, Callender was appointed deputy assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service and took over the agency the following year.   read more

Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development: Who Is Gayle Smith?

From 2005 to 2007, Smith also worked for the Clinton Global Initiative, the organization founded by former President Clinton. Smith joined the Obama administration in 2009 as special assistant to the president and senior director for development and democracy on the National Security Council staff, with responsibility for global development, democracy, and humanitarian assistance issues. She is a longtime associate of Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor.   read more

Director of the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service: Who Is Stephen Volz?

In November 2007, Volz took over as NASA’s associate director for flight programs in its earth science division. He managed all of NASA’s earth science programs, including all the satellites devoted to that field. Volz became the Commerce Department’s assistant administrator in charge of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) on November 2, 2014.   read more

Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service: Who Is Eileen Sobeck?

Sobeck was made deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in 1999, a position she held for 10 years. Sobeck transferred to the Interior Department in 2009 as deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks and served for a time as acting assistant secretary.   read more

Thailand’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pisan Manawapat?

In 2011 Pisan was named ambassador to India, serving there for two years. He then took over the Thai embassy in Canada. Since taking over in Washington, Pisan has spent much of his time attempting to improve relations between his country and the United States in the wake of a May 2014 coup, after which the Thai government tightened restrictions of freedom of expression in their country.   read more

Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration: Who Is Chuck Rosenberg?

Beginning in 2007, he served as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Rosenberg left again for the private sector in 2008, defending white-collar criminals as a partner at Hogan Lovells. Rosenberg returned in 2013 to work for James Comey again, this time as chief of staff and counselor to the FBI director. Unlike his predecessor, as leader of the DEA, Rosenberg is expected to focus more on heroin and harder drugs and less on enforcement of marijuana laws.   read more

Director of the Minority Business Development Agency: Who Is Alejandra Castillo?

Castillo joined the Commerce Department in 2008 as special advisor to Christopher Padilla, the under secretary for the U. S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In 2010, Castillo was named national deputy director of Minority Business Development Agency, and was moved up to the directorship in 2014.   read more

Director of the Transportation Security Administration: Who Is Peter Neffenger?

Neffenger went on to serve as the Coast Guard’s director of strategic management and doctrine and by 2010 he was the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations and deputy national incident commander and worked on much of that service’s response to the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2014, he was made vice commandant of the Coast Guard, that service’s No. 2-ranking officer, a post he held until his nomination as TSA director.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis: Who Is Brian Moyer?

Some of Moyer’s research has been directed at improving statistics related to measures of volume and prices, productivity and uses of intermediate purchases by industry. Moyer became BEA’s acting director in May 2014 when the previous director, J. Steven Landefeld, stepped down. If Landefeld’s tenure is any predictor, Moyer might be at BEA for a while; Landefeld led the agency for 19 years.   read more

Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Réka Szemerkényi?

In 2006, Szemerkényi was named chief advisor for international public relations to the CEO of MOL group, the Hungarian oil and gas company. That same year, she also became a senior associate in the Institute of Kremlinology at Gáspár Károli Reformed University. Orbán and Fidesz returned to office in 2010 and by 2011 Szemerkényi was the prime minister’s chief advisor on security policy. Szemerkényi’s views are said to be completely in line with those of Orbán.   read more
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