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Executive Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Who Is Melissa Rogers?

Rogers got her foot in the door at the White House in 2009 when President Obama appointed her to be chair of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She recommended changes in the Affordable Care Act to allow more religious exemptions from its contraception mandate. The language was changed to require that contraception be covered by insurance, but paid for by the insurer. Obama appointed Rogers to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council four days before he left office.   read more

Principal Deputy Director of the United States Mint: Who Is Rhett Jeppson?

Jeppson’s 28 years of Marine Corp service included stints as counter-terrorism planner and chief of current operations for Marine Forces Europe from 2001 to 2003; chief of joint national training capability and European engagements lead at the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2004 to 2008; deputy director of operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010; and lead crisis response planner at U.S. European Command from 2010 to 2012.   read more

Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs: Who is Macon Phillips?

With the rollout of the Obama administration in January 2009, Phillips was appointed director of the newly established Office of Digital Strategy. Among his accomplishments was his development of “We the People,” the White House’s online petitioning system, which served as a platform for 400,000 citizen-petitions signed by more than 16 million users. But Phillips was soon embroiled in controversy over a blog posting on the site related to the debate over Obama’s new health care law.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration: Who Is Tom Murphy?

As the VA's director of compensation services, in charge of the VA’s disability and death compensation programs, Murphy often was called to testify before Congress about the agency’s huge backlog of claims by veterans. Murphy did tout a newly installed computer system designed to handle claims more efficiently, but continued to take heat from Congress. He was also sometimes criticized for denying benefits to veterans claiming damage to their health because of exposure to Agent Orange.   read more

Director of the American Institute in Taiwan: Who is Kin Moy?

Moy was deputy executive secretary for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has held posts in the U.S. embassies in Beijing, China, and in Seoul and Busan, South Korea. He was a key proponent of President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy and was involved in Taiwan’s bid to join the TPP trade agreement championed by Obama. His wife, former Wall Street Journal reporter Kathy Chen, was one of the journalists who won a Pulitzer Prize for articles on the U.S. military.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the National Cemetery Administration: Who Is Ronald Walters?

Walters stepped in as NCA's acting chief when Steve Muro retired under a cloud. Since becoming boss at NCA, Walters helped oversee the expansion of the national cemetery system, getting the threshold for new sites cut from 175,000 veterans within a 75-mile radius to 80,000 within that area. He also approved the first monument at a national cemetery for LGBT veterans and in 2016 implemented a policy prohibiting the flying of the Confederate flag at permanent flagpoles in national cemeteries.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration: Who Is Sophie Shulman?

Shulman first took a job in the White House as executive secretary for the Domestic Policy Council, moving up to deputy press secretary. In 2014, she was named the council’s deputy chief of staff. She moved to DOT in 2015, first as a policy adviser in the office of the secretary, then as senior policy adviser. While at DOT, Shulman worked on the Smart City Challenge, in which medium-sized cities were given the opportunity to come up with plans for integrated efficient transportation systems.   read more

Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: Who Is Estevan López?

López and his colleagues in the Dept of Interior were working on a plan to protect Lake Mead when Donald Trump was elected in November 2016. They weren’t able to finish the job and its future was in question as López left the Bureau as the new administration came in. The day before Trump’s inauguration, López did execute an agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to provide the community with $6 million in funding for water conservation in fiscal year 2017 to acquire water from Lake Mead.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Who Is Abby Ross Hopper?

Hopper served as energy adviser to Maryland's then-Gov. Martin O’Malley. She moved to the BOEM in January 2015. Some of the things her agency accomplished right before she left office as the Trump administration was about to take over was the oversight of the offer of 48 million acres of Gulf of Mexico oil leases; the halt of seismic testing for Atlantic Ocean oil fields; and the prohibition of oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean.   read more

Chairman of the Board of The Asia Foundation: Who Is David Lampton?

Lampton has served as president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and was founding director of the Chinese Studies Program at the Nixon Center. He is currently head of SAIS China, a program run by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies that offers educational courses around the world about contemporary China. Lampton continues to serve as Hyman professor and director of China studies at John Hopkins.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Who Is Lawrence Roberts?

Roberts left federal service in 2002 to go into private practice, including a stint as a registered lobbyist, working on Indian law and environmental matters. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chair of the Native American Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He returned to government in 2010 as general counsel to the National Indian Gaming Commission, then joined the Department of the Interior in 2012.   read more

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator: Who Is Deborah Birx?

While participating in a fellowship sponsored by Walter Reed and NIH, Birx began to be consulted on patients with what became known as HIV. Her early knowledge of the disease may have saved her life. While giving birth to her eldest daughter in 1983, Birx had complications, but told her husband not to let the doctors give her blood. They didn’t, and the blood that Birx would have received was later found to contain HIV. Thus, she began a long career of searching for a cure for that disease.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing: Who Is Len Olijar?

Olijar has worked at BEP for 29 years, beginning his career in 1988 as a systems accountant implementing BEP’s first Enterprise Resource Planning system. In 2006, he became BEP’s chief financial officer. He initiated the performance of BEP-wide risk assessments and implemented a program to improve customer service and efficiency. In 2012, Olijar served as the executive sponsor for BEP’s Best Place to Work initiative and the BEP was recognized as one of the most improved agencies.   read more

Acting Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: Who Is Jamal El-Hindi?

As an associate at the Patton, Boggs & Blow law firm, El-Hindi practiced international law, focusing on cases relating to sanctions, export controls, foreign corrupt practices, foreign sovereign immunities, status of forces agreements, international trade and banking litigation. He began his Treasury Department career in December 2000 as legal counsel to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers and enforces economic sanctions imposed by the federal government.   read more

What Does the Department of Energy Do?

When President Donald Trump nominated Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy, there was some concern that Perry, who had proposed eliminating the Department of Energy, did not fully understand what the department does. That was probably an exaggeration. However, just in case, now that Perry has been confirmed for his new position, for him or for anyone else, a good place to start is AllGov’s page about the department here.   read more

Director of the State Department Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations: Who Is Lydia Muniz?

Muniz worked as office manager for Leon E. Panetta (D-California) in the House of Representatives. In 1995, she was legislative assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget and in 1996 she was special assistant for policy in the Office of the Secretary of the Army. She then served as deputy director of the Department of Media Affairs in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.   read more
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Executive Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Who Is Melissa Rogers?

Rogers got her foot in the door at the White House in 2009 when President Obama appointed her to be chair of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She recommended changes in the Affordable Care Act to allow more religious exemptions from its contraception mandate. The language was changed to require that contraception be covered by insurance, but paid for by the insurer. Obama appointed Rogers to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council four days before he left office.   read more

Principal Deputy Director of the United States Mint: Who Is Rhett Jeppson?

Jeppson’s 28 years of Marine Corp service included stints as counter-terrorism planner and chief of current operations for Marine Forces Europe from 2001 to 2003; chief of joint national training capability and European engagements lead at the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2004 to 2008; deputy director of operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010; and lead crisis response planner at U.S. European Command from 2010 to 2012.   read more

Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs: Who is Macon Phillips?

With the rollout of the Obama administration in January 2009, Phillips was appointed director of the newly established Office of Digital Strategy. Among his accomplishments was his development of “We the People,” the White House’s online petitioning system, which served as a platform for 400,000 citizen-petitions signed by more than 16 million users. But Phillips was soon embroiled in controversy over a blog posting on the site related to the debate over Obama’s new health care law.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration: Who Is Tom Murphy?

As the VA's director of compensation services, in charge of the VA’s disability and death compensation programs, Murphy often was called to testify before Congress about the agency’s huge backlog of claims by veterans. Murphy did tout a newly installed computer system designed to handle claims more efficiently, but continued to take heat from Congress. He was also sometimes criticized for denying benefits to veterans claiming damage to their health because of exposure to Agent Orange.   read more

Director of the American Institute in Taiwan: Who is Kin Moy?

Moy was deputy executive secretary for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has held posts in the U.S. embassies in Beijing, China, and in Seoul and Busan, South Korea. He was a key proponent of President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy and was involved in Taiwan’s bid to join the TPP trade agreement championed by Obama. His wife, former Wall Street Journal reporter Kathy Chen, was one of the journalists who won a Pulitzer Prize for articles on the U.S. military.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the National Cemetery Administration: Who Is Ronald Walters?

Walters stepped in as NCA's acting chief when Steve Muro retired under a cloud. Since becoming boss at NCA, Walters helped oversee the expansion of the national cemetery system, getting the threshold for new sites cut from 175,000 veterans within a 75-mile radius to 80,000 within that area. He also approved the first monument at a national cemetery for LGBT veterans and in 2016 implemented a policy prohibiting the flying of the Confederate flag at permanent flagpoles in national cemeteries.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration: Who Is Sophie Shulman?

Shulman first took a job in the White House as executive secretary for the Domestic Policy Council, moving up to deputy press secretary. In 2014, she was named the council’s deputy chief of staff. She moved to DOT in 2015, first as a policy adviser in the office of the secretary, then as senior policy adviser. While at DOT, Shulman worked on the Smart City Challenge, in which medium-sized cities were given the opportunity to come up with plans for integrated efficient transportation systems.   read more

Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: Who Is Estevan López?

López and his colleagues in the Dept of Interior were working on a plan to protect Lake Mead when Donald Trump was elected in November 2016. They weren’t able to finish the job and its future was in question as López left the Bureau as the new administration came in. The day before Trump’s inauguration, López did execute an agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to provide the community with $6 million in funding for water conservation in fiscal year 2017 to acquire water from Lake Mead.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Who Is Abby Ross Hopper?

Hopper served as energy adviser to Maryland's then-Gov. Martin O’Malley. She moved to the BOEM in January 2015. Some of the things her agency accomplished right before she left office as the Trump administration was about to take over was the oversight of the offer of 48 million acres of Gulf of Mexico oil leases; the halt of seismic testing for Atlantic Ocean oil fields; and the prohibition of oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean.   read more

Chairman of the Board of The Asia Foundation: Who Is David Lampton?

Lampton has served as president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and was founding director of the Chinese Studies Program at the Nixon Center. He is currently head of SAIS China, a program run by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies that offers educational courses around the world about contemporary China. Lampton continues to serve as Hyman professor and director of China studies at John Hopkins.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Who Is Lawrence Roberts?

Roberts left federal service in 2002 to go into private practice, including a stint as a registered lobbyist, working on Indian law and environmental matters. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chair of the Native American Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He returned to government in 2010 as general counsel to the National Indian Gaming Commission, then joined the Department of the Interior in 2012.   read more

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator: Who Is Deborah Birx?

While participating in a fellowship sponsored by Walter Reed and NIH, Birx began to be consulted on patients with what became known as HIV. Her early knowledge of the disease may have saved her life. While giving birth to her eldest daughter in 1983, Birx had complications, but told her husband not to let the doctors give her blood. They didn’t, and the blood that Birx would have received was later found to contain HIV. Thus, she began a long career of searching for a cure for that disease.   read more

Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing: Who Is Len Olijar?

Olijar has worked at BEP for 29 years, beginning his career in 1988 as a systems accountant implementing BEP’s first Enterprise Resource Planning system. In 2006, he became BEP’s chief financial officer. He initiated the performance of BEP-wide risk assessments and implemented a program to improve customer service and efficiency. In 2012, Olijar served as the executive sponsor for BEP’s Best Place to Work initiative and the BEP was recognized as one of the most improved agencies.   read more

Acting Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: Who Is Jamal El-Hindi?

As an associate at the Patton, Boggs & Blow law firm, El-Hindi practiced international law, focusing on cases relating to sanctions, export controls, foreign corrupt practices, foreign sovereign immunities, status of forces agreements, international trade and banking litigation. He began his Treasury Department career in December 2000 as legal counsel to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers and enforces economic sanctions imposed by the federal government.   read more

What Does the Department of Energy Do?

When President Donald Trump nominated Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy, there was some concern that Perry, who had proposed eliminating the Department of Energy, did not fully understand what the department does. That was probably an exaggeration. However, just in case, now that Perry has been confirmed for his new position, for him or for anyone else, a good place to start is AllGov’s page about the department here.   read more

Director of the State Department Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations: Who Is Lydia Muniz?

Muniz worked as office manager for Leon E. Panetta (D-California) in the House of Representatives. In 1995, she was legislative assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget and in 1996 she was special assistant for policy in the Office of the Secretary of the Army. She then served as deputy director of the Department of Media Affairs in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.   read more
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