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Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration: Who Is Ronald Batory?

The nation’s top train man will be a retired railroad executive with nearly 50 years’ experience in the industry. Ron Batory, recently retired president of Conrail, had, in his youth, been advised by his father not to “waste a college education on a railroad.” But young Batory rejected that advice and joined DT&I Railroad, where he worked for years before taking top posts at CMW, Southern Pacific and others. In 1997, CSX and Norfolk Southern recruited Batory to become operations VP of Conrail.   read more

Not the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Was James Clinger?

President Trump’s dubious claims that he will “drain the swamp” continued when on June 19, 2017, he nominated James H. Clinger to chair the FDIC, which insures bank deposits. A mere three weeks after that announcement, Clinger—on July 12—abruptly withdrew his nomination, citing “family-related obligations.” Although he has a reputation as a hard-working follower, as the new FDIC chairman he was expected to be more sympathetic to bankers than to their customers.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino: Who Is Lew Eisenberg?

The Trump administration added another member of the Goldman Sachs alumni association to its roster when it was announced that financier Lewis Eisenberg would be the next ambassador to Italy. Eisenberg was also the chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, which coordinated fundraising between Trump’s campaign and that of the Republican National Committee. There was some talk that Eisenberg might be in line for a cabinet post in the Trump administration, but he had to settle for the ambassadorship.   read more

Director of the Centers for Disease Control: Who Is Brenda Fitzgerald?

Fitzgerald is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who practiced medicine for more than 30 years. Her medical practice has been criticized, however, for her use of so-called “anti-aging” remedies not approved by the FDA. As Georgia's Public Health Commissioner, she focused on reducing infant mortality, curbing tobacco use, and fighting obesity. She and her husband have donated more than $25,000 to Republican candidates, including $2,000 to then-House member Tom Price, now her new boss.   read more

California Forbids U.S. Immigration Agents from Pretending to be Police

It is not uncommon for ICE agents to detain a person on suspicion of immigration status without a warrant. ICE agents have reportedly claimed to be police officers to gain consent to enter a person’s home – a tactic that is viewed as unethical, but within the powers granted to the officers. Civil rights groups supported the bill, looking to stymie the Trump administration’s promise to use any and all available tools to deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.   read more

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs: Who Is Carl Risch?

Risch joined DHS's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) in 2006. After serving as an appeals officer and a manager, he worked as a field officer in the Philippines and at the embassy in Seoul, South Korea and served as acting chief of staff at CIS at the time of his nomination. While with CIS, he made refugee processing visits to Thailand, Pakistan, Namibia and Malaysia to encourage the resettlement to the United States of victims of persecution and torture.   read more

Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: Who Is Brenda Burman?

Burman worked for four years in private practice as an attorney handling natural resource issues before going to work in 2002 as legislative counsel for energy and water for then-Sen. Jon Kyl. At both jobs, she dealt extensively with Native American water rights issues. In 2005, Burman joined the Dept of the Interior as counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science. She then began her first stint at USBR as deputy commissioner for external and intergovernmental affairs.   read more

Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?

Buzby participated in NATO command operations during the Kosovo crisis of 1998-1999, and later in two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a 2007 detainee suicide at Guantánamo, then under Buzby's command, he announced that prison conditions would be improved to promote “increased mental stimulation." He also warned that torture leads to false confessions, and that more useful information could be obtained from prisoners by "treating them like human beings in a businesslike manner.”   read more

Administrator of the Administration for Children and Families: Who Is Lynn A. Johnson?

The next safety net chief will be Lynn A. Johnson, currently executive director of the Jefferson County (Colorado) Department of Human Services. For 14 years, Johnson worked for the federal court system as a probation and parole officer, specializing in dealing with offenders with mental health problems and those convicted of sex offenses. She also owned and ran a consulting firm focusing on mental health, high-risk youth, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and early childhood education.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity: Who Is Anna Maria Farias?

When the George W. Bush administration took over in 2001, Farias was named to head the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the same position to which she was nominated in 2017, but the job fell through at that time. Instead, she started as counsel to HUD Secretary Martinez and later joined the Office of Community Planning and Development. Farias was named HUD’s director of faith-based and community initiatives in 2007.   read more

The Myth of Widespread Voter Fraud

A panel of experts at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference agreed on one thing: the type of voter fraud President Trump claims is widespread in the U.S. is virtually nonexistent. Four Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to V.P. Mike Pence asking him to remove Kris Kobach as vice chair of the commission. They said his request for voter rolls replete with sensitive voter information was rife with privacy concerns. The also argued the data request will more likely be used for voter suppression.   read more

United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?

In 2008, as director of recruitment, examination and employment, Arreaga presided over the largest intake of Foreign Service officers in State Dept history. He was first made an ambassador in 2010, as the envoy to Iceland. In 2011, he was confronted by the Icelandic government when U.S. officials subpoenaed a member of the country’s parliament in the WikiLeaks controversy. On the whole, his tenure was positive, even getting to watch “Game of Thrones” being filmed in the rocky country.   read more

Ambassador from United Arab Emirates to the U.S.: Who Is Yousef Al Otaiba?

The UAE diplomat known as “the most charming man in Washington,” and a close friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, lost some of his magic recently, following release of emails that link him to a major international fraud, suggest that UAE coordinates closely with Israel, and reveal blunt criticism of President Trump. Otaiba has been a forceful voice against Iran, the Arab Spring movement, and neighboring Qatar, which the UAE royal family recently accused of supporting terrorism.   read more

CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak): Who Is Richard H. Anderson?

The new head of Amtrak comes from one of train travel’s biggest competitors: the airline industry. The job may prove to be a challenge for Richard Anderson: in May President Trump proposed ending $630 million in subsidies for Amtrak’s long-distance train service, which comes to 45% of the $1.4 billion the government spends on Amtrak each year. Like Amtrak's outgoing CEO, Charles Moorman, Anderson has agreed to work for a “token sum.” He retired as CEO of Delta Airlines in May 2016.   read more

United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone: Who Is Maria Brewer?

In Washington, Brewer has served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of administration and then special assistant to the undersecretary for management and in the Bureau of African Affairs executive office as the supervisory post management officer. Brewer’s most recent overseas assignment was as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Lagos. She returned to Washington in 2016 as deputy director for career development and assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources.   read more

Surgeon General of the United States: Who Is Jerome Adams?

Adams hadn't been on the job long as Indiana's health commissioner when he had to deal with a crisis--an outbreak of HIV, caused by drug users sharing needles. He had to overcome then-Gov. Mike Pence’s opposition to needle exchange programs to slow the spread of disease. “No matter how uncomfortable syringe service programs make us, they are proven to save lives, both by preventing the spread of diseases...and by connecting people to treatment...” Adams wrote.   read more
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Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration: Who Is Ronald Batory?

The nation’s top train man will be a retired railroad executive with nearly 50 years’ experience in the industry. Ron Batory, recently retired president of Conrail, had, in his youth, been advised by his father not to “waste a college education on a railroad.” But young Batory rejected that advice and joined DT&I Railroad, where he worked for years before taking top posts at CMW, Southern Pacific and others. In 1997, CSX and Norfolk Southern recruited Batory to become operations VP of Conrail.   read more

Not the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Was James Clinger?

President Trump’s dubious claims that he will “drain the swamp” continued when on June 19, 2017, he nominated James H. Clinger to chair the FDIC, which insures bank deposits. A mere three weeks after that announcement, Clinger—on July 12—abruptly withdrew his nomination, citing “family-related obligations.” Although he has a reputation as a hard-working follower, as the new FDIC chairman he was expected to be more sympathetic to bankers than to their customers.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino: Who Is Lew Eisenberg?

The Trump administration added another member of the Goldman Sachs alumni association to its roster when it was announced that financier Lewis Eisenberg would be the next ambassador to Italy. Eisenberg was also the chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, which coordinated fundraising between Trump’s campaign and that of the Republican National Committee. There was some talk that Eisenberg might be in line for a cabinet post in the Trump administration, but he had to settle for the ambassadorship.   read more

Director of the Centers for Disease Control: Who Is Brenda Fitzgerald?

Fitzgerald is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who practiced medicine for more than 30 years. Her medical practice has been criticized, however, for her use of so-called “anti-aging” remedies not approved by the FDA. As Georgia's Public Health Commissioner, she focused on reducing infant mortality, curbing tobacco use, and fighting obesity. She and her husband have donated more than $25,000 to Republican candidates, including $2,000 to then-House member Tom Price, now her new boss.   read more

California Forbids U.S. Immigration Agents from Pretending to be Police

It is not uncommon for ICE agents to detain a person on suspicion of immigration status without a warrant. ICE agents have reportedly claimed to be police officers to gain consent to enter a person’s home – a tactic that is viewed as unethical, but within the powers granted to the officers. Civil rights groups supported the bill, looking to stymie the Trump administration’s promise to use any and all available tools to deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.   read more

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs: Who Is Carl Risch?

Risch joined DHS's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) in 2006. After serving as an appeals officer and a manager, he worked as a field officer in the Philippines and at the embassy in Seoul, South Korea and served as acting chief of staff at CIS at the time of his nomination. While with CIS, he made refugee processing visits to Thailand, Pakistan, Namibia and Malaysia to encourage the resettlement to the United States of victims of persecution and torture.   read more

Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: Who Is Brenda Burman?

Burman worked for four years in private practice as an attorney handling natural resource issues before going to work in 2002 as legislative counsel for energy and water for then-Sen. Jon Kyl. At both jobs, she dealt extensively with Native American water rights issues. In 2005, Burman joined the Dept of the Interior as counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science. She then began her first stint at USBR as deputy commissioner for external and intergovernmental affairs.   read more

Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?

Buzby participated in NATO command operations during the Kosovo crisis of 1998-1999, and later in two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a 2007 detainee suicide at Guantánamo, then under Buzby's command, he announced that prison conditions would be improved to promote “increased mental stimulation." He also warned that torture leads to false confessions, and that more useful information could be obtained from prisoners by "treating them like human beings in a businesslike manner.”   read more

Administrator of the Administration for Children and Families: Who Is Lynn A. Johnson?

The next safety net chief will be Lynn A. Johnson, currently executive director of the Jefferson County (Colorado) Department of Human Services. For 14 years, Johnson worked for the federal court system as a probation and parole officer, specializing in dealing with offenders with mental health problems and those convicted of sex offenses. She also owned and ran a consulting firm focusing on mental health, high-risk youth, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and early childhood education.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity: Who Is Anna Maria Farias?

When the George W. Bush administration took over in 2001, Farias was named to head the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the same position to which she was nominated in 2017, but the job fell through at that time. Instead, she started as counsel to HUD Secretary Martinez and later joined the Office of Community Planning and Development. Farias was named HUD’s director of faith-based and community initiatives in 2007.   read more

The Myth of Widespread Voter Fraud

A panel of experts at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference agreed on one thing: the type of voter fraud President Trump claims is widespread in the U.S. is virtually nonexistent. Four Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to V.P. Mike Pence asking him to remove Kris Kobach as vice chair of the commission. They said his request for voter rolls replete with sensitive voter information was rife with privacy concerns. The also argued the data request will more likely be used for voter suppression.   read more

United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?

In 2008, as director of recruitment, examination and employment, Arreaga presided over the largest intake of Foreign Service officers in State Dept history. He was first made an ambassador in 2010, as the envoy to Iceland. In 2011, he was confronted by the Icelandic government when U.S. officials subpoenaed a member of the country’s parliament in the WikiLeaks controversy. On the whole, his tenure was positive, even getting to watch “Game of Thrones” being filmed in the rocky country.   read more

Ambassador from United Arab Emirates to the U.S.: Who Is Yousef Al Otaiba?

The UAE diplomat known as “the most charming man in Washington,” and a close friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, lost some of his magic recently, following release of emails that link him to a major international fraud, suggest that UAE coordinates closely with Israel, and reveal blunt criticism of President Trump. Otaiba has been a forceful voice against Iran, the Arab Spring movement, and neighboring Qatar, which the UAE royal family recently accused of supporting terrorism.   read more

CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak): Who Is Richard H. Anderson?

The new head of Amtrak comes from one of train travel’s biggest competitors: the airline industry. The job may prove to be a challenge for Richard Anderson: in May President Trump proposed ending $630 million in subsidies for Amtrak’s long-distance train service, which comes to 45% of the $1.4 billion the government spends on Amtrak each year. Like Amtrak's outgoing CEO, Charles Moorman, Anderson has agreed to work for a “token sum.” He retired as CEO of Delta Airlines in May 2016.   read more

United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone: Who Is Maria Brewer?

In Washington, Brewer has served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of administration and then special assistant to the undersecretary for management and in the Bureau of African Affairs executive office as the supervisory post management officer. Brewer’s most recent overseas assignment was as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Lagos. She returned to Washington in 2016 as deputy director for career development and assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources.   read more

Surgeon General of the United States: Who Is Jerome Adams?

Adams hadn't been on the job long as Indiana's health commissioner when he had to deal with a crisis--an outbreak of HIV, caused by drug users sharing needles. He had to overcome then-Gov. Mike Pence’s opposition to needle exchange programs to slow the spread of disease. “No matter how uncomfortable syringe service programs make us, they are proven to save lives, both by preventing the spread of diseases...and by connecting people to treatment...” Adams wrote.   read more
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