Appointments and Resignations

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Director of the United States Attorneys: Who is Monty Wilkinson?

In 1989, Wilkinson became a judicial law clerk to Eric Holder, who was at that time a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1990, Wilkinson joined the criminal division of the U.S. Dept of Justice, where he worked as a trial attorney in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Three years later, he became special counsel to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (Holder), a position that lasted nearly four years.   read more

Chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission: Who is J. Patricia Wilson Smoot?

Smoot's desire to help those in need led her to become a public defender. When she saw an interview with then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on television, in which he said that attorneys who excel at defense work make the best candidates for prosecutors, she applied for one of the 15 open positions and landed the job. She later worked to establish the USPC Mental Health Docket, which provides non-violent criminal offenders who have mental health disorders with alternatives to incarceration.   read more

Acting Director of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL: Who is Wayne Salzgaber?

In 2010, Salzgaber received an appointment to the Senior Executive Service as deputy assistant inspector general for investigations. In that post, he headed the DHS OIG’s Investigative Field Operations Division, in charge of the agency’s investigative operations in 14 regional offices. In 2012, he became principal advisor to the Dept of Homeland Security. In 2015, Salzgaber was appointed deputy director of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL.   read more

Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals Service: Who Is David Harlow?

Harlow was commander of operation FALCON 2007, overseeing development of Toledo’s first fugitive apprehension team made up of numerous law enforcement agencies. Between 2008 and 2011, Harlow was chief of USMS’s Sex Offender Investigations Branch, for which he oversaw the National Sex Offender Targeting Center and the Sex Offender Apprehension Program. He additionally developed the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit, which helps target fugitive and non-compliant sex offenders.   read more

Radiation Exposure Compensation Program: Who is Kali Bracey?

In 2012, Bracey joined what was then a new federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She worked as senior counsel in its Office of Supervision Policy and was involved in student loan servicing, auto lending, and rulemaking. A year later, she was named the Bureau’s senior counsel and executive secretary, and then continued up the ladder to become counsel to the director and executive secretary. She held that post until her appointment at the Justice Dept the following year.   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Was Andrew Puzder?

Puzder withdrew his nomination after loss of support from Republican lawmakers showed he wouldn’t have enough votes to be confirmed. The reasons for his dwindling support included his hiring of an undocumented immigrant as his housekeeper and the resurfacing of claims by his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, of violent physical assaults. A videotape of Fierstein’s 1990 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in which she recounted the abuse, circulated among senators considering Puzder’s nomination.   read more

Acting Solicitor General of the United States: Who is Ian Heath Gershengorn?

Among the cases that Gershengorn supervised at the DOJ—and often personally argued in court—was the Obama administration’s defense of the Affordable Care Act against dozens of challenges filed against it across the country. Other high-profile court battles involved the rights of Guantánamo detainees, policy on gays in the military, embryonic stem cell research, and state secrets. “Every day, I deal with two or three cases of a lifetime,” he then told The New York Times.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Was Michael Flynn?

Flynn’s tenure in the White House lasted all of 25 days. On February 13, he resigned after a behind-the-scenes controversy brewing at the highest levels of government exploded into the open, its focus being Flynn’s alleged lies to U.S. officials about his private calls to Russian officials. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell once wrote that Flynn was “abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management,” and “has been and was right-wing nutty ever since.”   read more

Chief Counsel and Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility: Who Is Robin Ashton?

Two weeks after Goodling sabotaged her promotion at the Department of Justice in 2005, Ashton left her job. The Obama administration later hired her as head of OPR, a division within the DOJ that has weathered a fair amount of controversy over the years. That includes accusations that the lethargic pace of investigating legal opinions issued by the George W. Bush administration laid the groundwork for the torture inflicted by American interrogators on post-9/11 detainees.   read more

Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Who Is Rosemary Collyer?

Among Collyer's controversial decisions was her 2011 ruling that limited the release of details of the George W. Bush administration’s memos regarding torture. She also supported the CIA's contention that for it to acknowledge interest in using drones for targeted killing would cause damage to U.S. national security. Her decision was unanimously reversed on appeal. In 2016, she rejected the Libertarian and Green parties' claim of legal right to participate in the U.S. presidential debates.   read more

Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission: Who is Anuj Desai?

In 1996, Desai was recruited as a legal assistant to the U.S. arbitrators at the Iran-U.S. States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, a job that continued through 1998. Later that year he went on to practice law with the Seattle firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, focusing on litigation pertaining to copyright, trademark, newsgathering and the First Amendment. Then in 2001, he joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty as a professor of law. He has continued in that job to the present.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity: Who is Gustavo Velasquez?

Born in Mexico, Velasquez served as director of the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs between 2003 and 2006. He then joined the Office of Human Rights, where he worked for nearly seven years, focusing on enforcing civil rights, including non-discrimination practices through the D.C. Human Rights Act. In 2013, Velasquez took over as executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a non-profit that helps Latinos find affordable housing and develop business skills.   read more

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development: Who Is Harriet Tregoning?

As director of D.C.'s Planning Office, Tergoning devoted herself to revitalizing the city, with a focus on making it more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Many residents found her efforts arrogant and high-handed. “The thing people sometimes forget about Harriet is, she's viewed as a hero in the smart-growth movement, but a lot of D.C. residents really didn't like her,” said a Post reporter. The Washingtonian called her “a street fighter who often finds herself between warring forces.”   read more

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Federal Housing Administration: Who is Edward Golding?

It was during the savings and loan crisis that Golding launched his career in mortgage finance with a job at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. His ascension at FHA found him with limited authority to manage the agency. Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Charles Grassley, criticized the Obama Administration for circumventing the Senate in appointing Golding to the FHA post. HUD officials denied there was any such intent. Industry trade groups, however, largely supported the choice.   read more

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard: Who Is Paul Zukunft?

After having been in the Coast Guard only three years, Zukunft commanded a 95-foot boat, the Cape Upright, as the Mariel boatlift was going on. Zukunft and his crew took 200 people off a leaky 60-foot boat making its way to Florida. During his career, Zukunft was Chief of Operations for the Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area. In 2010, he was made federal on-scene coordinator of the BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.   read more

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: Who Is John F. Kelly?

Kelly’s appointment drew approval from Democrats as well as Republicans. But some civil libertarians are concerned about some stances Kelly has taken. He has been reluctant to support the idea of opening all military jobs to women. And he was critical of President Obama’s efforts to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, saying that human rights concerns about the prisoners in Guantánamo were “foolishness.” Like his new boss, Donald Trump, Kelly has railed against the media.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

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Director of the United States Attorneys: Who is Monty Wilkinson?

In 1989, Wilkinson became a judicial law clerk to Eric Holder, who was at that time a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1990, Wilkinson joined the criminal division of the U.S. Dept of Justice, where he worked as a trial attorney in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Three years later, he became special counsel to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (Holder), a position that lasted nearly four years.   read more

Chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission: Who is J. Patricia Wilson Smoot?

Smoot's desire to help those in need led her to become a public defender. When she saw an interview with then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on television, in which he said that attorneys who excel at defense work make the best candidates for prosecutors, she applied for one of the 15 open positions and landed the job. She later worked to establish the USPC Mental Health Docket, which provides non-violent criminal offenders who have mental health disorders with alternatives to incarceration.   read more

Acting Director of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL: Who is Wayne Salzgaber?

In 2010, Salzgaber received an appointment to the Senior Executive Service as deputy assistant inspector general for investigations. In that post, he headed the DHS OIG’s Investigative Field Operations Division, in charge of the agency’s investigative operations in 14 regional offices. In 2012, he became principal advisor to the Dept of Homeland Security. In 2015, Salzgaber was appointed deputy director of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL.   read more

Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals Service: Who Is David Harlow?

Harlow was commander of operation FALCON 2007, overseeing development of Toledo’s first fugitive apprehension team made up of numerous law enforcement agencies. Between 2008 and 2011, Harlow was chief of USMS’s Sex Offender Investigations Branch, for which he oversaw the National Sex Offender Targeting Center and the Sex Offender Apprehension Program. He additionally developed the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit, which helps target fugitive and non-compliant sex offenders.   read more

Radiation Exposure Compensation Program: Who is Kali Bracey?

In 2012, Bracey joined what was then a new federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She worked as senior counsel in its Office of Supervision Policy and was involved in student loan servicing, auto lending, and rulemaking. A year later, she was named the Bureau’s senior counsel and executive secretary, and then continued up the ladder to become counsel to the director and executive secretary. She held that post until her appointment at the Justice Dept the following year.   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Was Andrew Puzder?

Puzder withdrew his nomination after loss of support from Republican lawmakers showed he wouldn’t have enough votes to be confirmed. The reasons for his dwindling support included his hiring of an undocumented immigrant as his housekeeper and the resurfacing of claims by his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, of violent physical assaults. A videotape of Fierstein’s 1990 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in which she recounted the abuse, circulated among senators considering Puzder’s nomination.   read more

Acting Solicitor General of the United States: Who is Ian Heath Gershengorn?

Among the cases that Gershengorn supervised at the DOJ—and often personally argued in court—was the Obama administration’s defense of the Affordable Care Act against dozens of challenges filed against it across the country. Other high-profile court battles involved the rights of Guantánamo detainees, policy on gays in the military, embryonic stem cell research, and state secrets. “Every day, I deal with two or three cases of a lifetime,” he then told The New York Times.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Was Michael Flynn?

Flynn’s tenure in the White House lasted all of 25 days. On February 13, he resigned after a behind-the-scenes controversy brewing at the highest levels of government exploded into the open, its focus being Flynn’s alleged lies to U.S. officials about his private calls to Russian officials. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell once wrote that Flynn was “abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management,” and “has been and was right-wing nutty ever since.”   read more

Chief Counsel and Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility: Who Is Robin Ashton?

Two weeks after Goodling sabotaged her promotion at the Department of Justice in 2005, Ashton left her job. The Obama administration later hired her as head of OPR, a division within the DOJ that has weathered a fair amount of controversy over the years. That includes accusations that the lethargic pace of investigating legal opinions issued by the George W. Bush administration laid the groundwork for the torture inflicted by American interrogators on post-9/11 detainees.   read more

Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Who Is Rosemary Collyer?

Among Collyer's controversial decisions was her 2011 ruling that limited the release of details of the George W. Bush administration’s memos regarding torture. She also supported the CIA's contention that for it to acknowledge interest in using drones for targeted killing would cause damage to U.S. national security. Her decision was unanimously reversed on appeal. In 2016, she rejected the Libertarian and Green parties' claim of legal right to participate in the U.S. presidential debates.   read more

Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission: Who is Anuj Desai?

In 1996, Desai was recruited as a legal assistant to the U.S. arbitrators at the Iran-U.S. States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, a job that continued through 1998. Later that year he went on to practice law with the Seattle firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, focusing on litigation pertaining to copyright, trademark, newsgathering and the First Amendment. Then in 2001, he joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty as a professor of law. He has continued in that job to the present.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity: Who is Gustavo Velasquez?

Born in Mexico, Velasquez served as director of the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs between 2003 and 2006. He then joined the Office of Human Rights, where he worked for nearly seven years, focusing on enforcing civil rights, including non-discrimination practices through the D.C. Human Rights Act. In 2013, Velasquez took over as executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a non-profit that helps Latinos find affordable housing and develop business skills.   read more

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development: Who Is Harriet Tregoning?

As director of D.C.'s Planning Office, Tergoning devoted herself to revitalizing the city, with a focus on making it more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Many residents found her efforts arrogant and high-handed. “The thing people sometimes forget about Harriet is, she's viewed as a hero in the smart-growth movement, but a lot of D.C. residents really didn't like her,” said a Post reporter. The Washingtonian called her “a street fighter who often finds herself between warring forces.”   read more

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Federal Housing Administration: Who is Edward Golding?

It was during the savings and loan crisis that Golding launched his career in mortgage finance with a job at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. His ascension at FHA found him with limited authority to manage the agency. Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Charles Grassley, criticized the Obama Administration for circumventing the Senate in appointing Golding to the FHA post. HUD officials denied there was any such intent. Industry trade groups, however, largely supported the choice.   read more

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard: Who Is Paul Zukunft?

After having been in the Coast Guard only three years, Zukunft commanded a 95-foot boat, the Cape Upright, as the Mariel boatlift was going on. Zukunft and his crew took 200 people off a leaky 60-foot boat making its way to Florida. During his career, Zukunft was Chief of Operations for the Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area. In 2010, he was made federal on-scene coordinator of the BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.   read more

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: Who Is John F. Kelly?

Kelly’s appointment drew approval from Democrats as well as Republicans. But some civil libertarians are concerned about some stances Kelly has taken. He has been reluctant to support the idea of opening all military jobs to women. And he was critical of President Obama’s efforts to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, saying that human rights concerns about the prisoners in Guantánamo were “foolishness.” Like his new boss, Donald Trump, Kelly has railed against the media.   read more
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