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Problems with Government Departments Meant to Help Native Americans

Multiple agencies weren't following best practices for initiatives to help Indian tribes achieve their energy goals. Development of tribes' resources requires approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where we've found long-running federal mismanagement of Indian energy resources. We've also found that deteriorating facilities have led to unsafe conditions at Bureau of Indian Education schools. Misused funds included $1.7 million that was improperly transferred to off-shore accounts.   read more

Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Is Jelena McWilliams?

In nominating McWilliams, Trump has inched closer to finalizing his banking regulation team, which he intends to use to undermine the financial system protections adopted under President Barack Obama. McWilliams’ deep involvement with the banking industry began in 2007, when she joined the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as an attorney. In 2010 she joined the GOP-led Senate Small Business Committee to work on financial regulations, economic policy, and related small business issues.   read more

Ambassador of the United States to Morocco: Who Is David T. Fischer?

President Trump has selected a car dealer to serve as the next ambassador to Morocco. Although David Fischer has no known connections to Morocco, he gave $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee and has donated heavily to Republican candidates for many years. Fischer began his career as a service advisor at his dad’s dealership, which he took over in 1978. It is the 16th largest automotive retail dealer group in the U.S. Fischer is currently CEO of the North American International Auto Show.   read more

CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service: Who Is Barbara Stewart?

Stewart spent about five years working in the office of Illinois Governor James Thompson (R) on his policy and program staff. In 1991, as Thompson’s term was ending, Stewart moved into government relations for Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-area electric utility. She returned to politics in 1996 as deputy chief of staff to Lt. Governor Bob Kustra (R-Illinois). Stewart stayed there only briefly, however, leaving in 1997 to become a vice president at the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm.   read more

Director of the Institute of Education Sciences: Who Is Mark Schneider?

In 2005, Pres. George W. Bush nominated Schneider to lead NCES (part of IES). The administration favored charter schools, putting Schneider in an awkward position when an Education Dept report showed that fourth-graders in public schools did much better in math and reading than those at charter schools. So Schneider said the Education Dept should stop studying such questions. “We know [charter schools] are not doing harm," he said, "so they pass a fundamental test of policy analysis.”   read more

Ambassador of Moldova to the United States: Who Is Aureliu Ciocoi?

In June 2010, Ciocoi was appointed to his first ambassadorship, as envoy to Germany. In March 2011, he was named non-resident ambassador to Denmark as well. After spending the first nineteen years of his diplomatic career focused on Europe, Ciocoi himself was “surprised” when he was appointed to serve as ambassador to China, with concurrent accreditation to Vietnam, in October 2015. He served in Beijing until April 2017, when he was recalled in anticipation of his U.S. assignment.   read more

Ambassador of Sweden to the United States: Who Is Karin Olofsdotter?

Olofsdotter joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1994. Her first foreign posting was in Moscow, where she was responsible for covering issues related to Belarus. She also served on the Swedish delegation to NATO. She next served at Sweden’s mission to the EU in Belgium, and chaired the EU’s Political-Military Group during the Swedish presidency of the EU in 2001. Her first posting in the U.S. was as minister-counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia: Who Is Lisa A. Johnson?

Johnson joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1992 and has been posted overseas at U.S. embassies in Lebanon, Pakistan, Angola and South Africa. She was also detailed to the Office of the Secretary General of NATO in Belgium. Johnson served as director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council starting in 2001. She also served as deputy director of the State Department’s Office of Canadian Affairs and as senior advisor for South and Central Asia in the Office of the Vice President.   read more

Ambassador of Croatia to the United States: Who Is Pjer Šimunović?

Šimunović started his career as a journalist at Večernji List, a conservative daily newspaper in Zagreb, from 1988 to 1990. He covered the unraveling of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, including free elections in Poland, the Romanian Revolution, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and other events. He later served as national coordinator for NATO, as well as assistant minister for International Organizations and Security, from 2004 to 2008, and as ambassador to Israel from 2012 to 2016.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay: Who Is Lee McClenny?

In July 2014, McClenny was named chargé d’affaires in Caracas, Venezuela. With no ambassador at the embassy because of poor relations between the governments of the United States and Venezuela, McClenny bore the brunt of that government’s attacks. This included a meeting with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on August 12, 2017, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested he was considering using “the military option” against Venezuela.   read more

Ambassador of Uganda to the United States: Who Is Mull Katende?

Katende’s appointment was reportedly precipitated by a need for someone with broad skills and deep experience to deal with the new Trump administration. A longtime diplomat, Katende served as Uganda’s ambassador to Sudan from 2003 to 2008, when crises in both the Darfur and South Sudan regions reached critical states. From 2008 to mid-2017, Katende was Uganda’s top diplomat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where numerous UN, African, and regional organizations have their headquarters.   read more

Ambassador of Seychelles to the United States: Who Is Ronny Jumeau?

An island nation whose survival is threatened by global warming sent its top diplomat to Washington even as the U.S. government seems overrun with climate science deniers. Jumeau, while urging the U.S. to support the Kyoto Protocol after Pres. George W. Bush refused, said, “The US is obviously the biggest polluter of all. To them, maybe we don't figure in the grand scheme of things, maybe we don't have clout...so people think we can be ignored ... but our whole country will disappear one day.”   read more

Ambassador of Ireland to the United States: Who Is Daniel Mulhall?

Mulhall was awarded his first ambassadorship--in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--from 2001 to 2005, as well as being ambassador to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. His service coincided with the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which killed more than 230,000 people. From 2009 to 2013, he was ambassador to Germany, after which he was ambassador to the UK. While in Britain, he spoke regularly on political, literary and historical topics at universities and literary festivals all over the country.   read more

St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Anton Edmunds?

In 1997, Edmunds worked as a consultant for a year before joining Caribbean-Central American Action, a private economic development organization. He started as director of marketing and business development and worked his way up to executive director and CEO in 2008. Since 2009, he has run his own consulting firm, Edmunds Group International, which advises corporations and governments on doing business in the Caribbean region. He remained with his consultancy until taking the Washington post.   read more

Estonia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lauri Lepik?

As Russia became more aggressive to its neighbors, Lepik, as Estonia's ambassador to NATO, urged that NATO troops be stationed in the Baltic states as a tripwire to a Russian attack. Indeed, an Estonian military base was converted into a NATO air surveillance base. There was concern from some in the region about President Trump’s close relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Lepik said he was glad that Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Estonia this past summer.   read more

Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Manuel Espina?

An entrepreneur with no previous diplomatic experience, Espina once worked as a real estate investor and was involved in the fashion industry. He later founded Guatemala Prospera, whose goal is to instill moral and cultural values in Guatemalans, based on the teachings of American evangelical pastor John Maxwell. Espina is close to many Republicans, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those ties are seen in Guatemala as a major reason for Espina’s appointment.   read more
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Problems with Government Departments Meant to Help Native Americans

Multiple agencies weren't following best practices for initiatives to help Indian tribes achieve their energy goals. Development of tribes' resources requires approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where we've found long-running federal mismanagement of Indian energy resources. We've also found that deteriorating facilities have led to unsafe conditions at Bureau of Indian Education schools. Misused funds included $1.7 million that was improperly transferred to off-shore accounts.   read more

Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Is Jelena McWilliams?

In nominating McWilliams, Trump has inched closer to finalizing his banking regulation team, which he intends to use to undermine the financial system protections adopted under President Barack Obama. McWilliams’ deep involvement with the banking industry began in 2007, when she joined the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as an attorney. In 2010 she joined the GOP-led Senate Small Business Committee to work on financial regulations, economic policy, and related small business issues.   read more

Ambassador of the United States to Morocco: Who Is David T. Fischer?

President Trump has selected a car dealer to serve as the next ambassador to Morocco. Although David Fischer has no known connections to Morocco, he gave $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee and has donated heavily to Republican candidates for many years. Fischer began his career as a service advisor at his dad’s dealership, which he took over in 1978. It is the 16th largest automotive retail dealer group in the U.S. Fischer is currently CEO of the North American International Auto Show.   read more

CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service: Who Is Barbara Stewart?

Stewart spent about five years working in the office of Illinois Governor James Thompson (R) on his policy and program staff. In 1991, as Thompson’s term was ending, Stewart moved into government relations for Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-area electric utility. She returned to politics in 1996 as deputy chief of staff to Lt. Governor Bob Kustra (R-Illinois). Stewart stayed there only briefly, however, leaving in 1997 to become a vice president at the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm.   read more

Director of the Institute of Education Sciences: Who Is Mark Schneider?

In 2005, Pres. George W. Bush nominated Schneider to lead NCES (part of IES). The administration favored charter schools, putting Schneider in an awkward position when an Education Dept report showed that fourth-graders in public schools did much better in math and reading than those at charter schools. So Schneider said the Education Dept should stop studying such questions. “We know [charter schools] are not doing harm," he said, "so they pass a fundamental test of policy analysis.”   read more

Ambassador of Moldova to the United States: Who Is Aureliu Ciocoi?

In June 2010, Ciocoi was appointed to his first ambassadorship, as envoy to Germany. In March 2011, he was named non-resident ambassador to Denmark as well. After spending the first nineteen years of his diplomatic career focused on Europe, Ciocoi himself was “surprised” when he was appointed to serve as ambassador to China, with concurrent accreditation to Vietnam, in October 2015. He served in Beijing until April 2017, when he was recalled in anticipation of his U.S. assignment.   read more

Ambassador of Sweden to the United States: Who Is Karin Olofsdotter?

Olofsdotter joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1994. Her first foreign posting was in Moscow, where she was responsible for covering issues related to Belarus. She also served on the Swedish delegation to NATO. She next served at Sweden’s mission to the EU in Belgium, and chaired the EU’s Political-Military Group during the Swedish presidency of the EU in 2001. Her first posting in the U.S. was as minister-counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia: Who Is Lisa A. Johnson?

Johnson joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1992 and has been posted overseas at U.S. embassies in Lebanon, Pakistan, Angola and South Africa. She was also detailed to the Office of the Secretary General of NATO in Belgium. Johnson served as director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council starting in 2001. She also served as deputy director of the State Department’s Office of Canadian Affairs and as senior advisor for South and Central Asia in the Office of the Vice President.   read more

Ambassador of Croatia to the United States: Who Is Pjer Šimunović?

Šimunović started his career as a journalist at Večernji List, a conservative daily newspaper in Zagreb, from 1988 to 1990. He covered the unraveling of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, including free elections in Poland, the Romanian Revolution, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and other events. He later served as national coordinator for NATO, as well as assistant minister for International Organizations and Security, from 2004 to 2008, and as ambassador to Israel from 2012 to 2016.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay: Who Is Lee McClenny?

In July 2014, McClenny was named chargé d’affaires in Caracas, Venezuela. With no ambassador at the embassy because of poor relations between the governments of the United States and Venezuela, McClenny bore the brunt of that government’s attacks. This included a meeting with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on August 12, 2017, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested he was considering using “the military option” against Venezuela.   read more

Ambassador of Uganda to the United States: Who Is Mull Katende?

Katende’s appointment was reportedly precipitated by a need for someone with broad skills and deep experience to deal with the new Trump administration. A longtime diplomat, Katende served as Uganda’s ambassador to Sudan from 2003 to 2008, when crises in both the Darfur and South Sudan regions reached critical states. From 2008 to mid-2017, Katende was Uganda’s top diplomat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where numerous UN, African, and regional organizations have their headquarters.   read more

Ambassador of Seychelles to the United States: Who Is Ronny Jumeau?

An island nation whose survival is threatened by global warming sent its top diplomat to Washington even as the U.S. government seems overrun with climate science deniers. Jumeau, while urging the U.S. to support the Kyoto Protocol after Pres. George W. Bush refused, said, “The US is obviously the biggest polluter of all. To them, maybe we don't figure in the grand scheme of things, maybe we don't have clout...so people think we can be ignored ... but our whole country will disappear one day.”   read more

Ambassador of Ireland to the United States: Who Is Daniel Mulhall?

Mulhall was awarded his first ambassadorship--in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--from 2001 to 2005, as well as being ambassador to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. His service coincided with the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which killed more than 230,000 people. From 2009 to 2013, he was ambassador to Germany, after which he was ambassador to the UK. While in Britain, he spoke regularly on political, literary and historical topics at universities and literary festivals all over the country.   read more

St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Anton Edmunds?

In 1997, Edmunds worked as a consultant for a year before joining Caribbean-Central American Action, a private economic development organization. He started as director of marketing and business development and worked his way up to executive director and CEO in 2008. Since 2009, he has run his own consulting firm, Edmunds Group International, which advises corporations and governments on doing business in the Caribbean region. He remained with his consultancy until taking the Washington post.   read more

Estonia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lauri Lepik?

As Russia became more aggressive to its neighbors, Lepik, as Estonia's ambassador to NATO, urged that NATO troops be stationed in the Baltic states as a tripwire to a Russian attack. Indeed, an Estonian military base was converted into a NATO air surveillance base. There was concern from some in the region about President Trump’s close relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Lepik said he was glad that Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Estonia this past summer.   read more

Guatemala’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Manuel Espina?

An entrepreneur with no previous diplomatic experience, Espina once worked as a real estate investor and was involved in the fashion industry. He later founded Guatemala Prospera, whose goal is to instill moral and cultural values in Guatemalans, based on the teachings of American evangelical pastor John Maxwell. Espina is close to many Republicans, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those ties are seen in Guatemala as a major reason for Espina’s appointment.   read more
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