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Director of the Selective Service System: Who Is Don Benton?

Don Benton, a former Washington state senator, chaired Trump’s presidential campaign in the Pacific Northwest. Trump first rewarded Benton with a job in the EPA, but he quickly wore out his welcome. So in April 2017, with little fanfare, Trump made Benton, whose company sells sales motivation programs but who never served in the military, director of the Selective Service System. Like Trump, Benton has a talent for sucking money out of campaigns--including Trump's--and into his businesses.   read more

Director of the International Trade Administration: Who Is Gil Kaplan?

Kaplan wrote in a 2010 article that the U.S. should block Chinese-made computers as long as Beijing prohibits U.S. websites such as Google and YouTube from operating there. During the 2016 presidential campaign Kaplan supported “pausing all international trade negotiations for one year, while the U.S. undertakes a top-to-bottom review of the effect of international trade agreements on U.S. manufacturing,” as well as promoting “Made in America” purchases by the Dept of Defense.   read more

Chair of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Steven Walther?

Walther served on the executive board of the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, which oversees the ABA’s political programs in more than 21 countries. In 1998, he led the election recount team for Sen. Harry Reid after his 428-win over Republican John Ensign. The following year, Reid offered to recommend Walther to be a candidate for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but Walther declined. However, several years later, when Reid recommended him for the FEC, Walther accepted.   read more

Chairman of the Export-Import Bank: Who Is Scott Garrett?

In Scott Garrett, President Donald Trump has once again chosen someone to lead an agency whose existence he opposes. Garrett was considered one of the most conservative members of Congress, voting against extending unemployment benefits, raising minimum wage and prohibiting price gouging by oil companies. He opposed reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act because he didn’t believe that ballots should be printed in languages other than English.   read more

Chair of the United States Access Board: Who Is Deborah A. Ryan?

Starting as an administrative assistant and rising to associate director, Ryan became executive director when MAAB was re-named and re-organized in 1987. Ryan left MAAB in July 2002 to start her own accessibility consulting firm, Deborah A. Ryan & Associates, which she has owned and operated ever since. Ryan’s firm specializes in compliance with accessibility requirements created under Massachusetts law and federal laws such as the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.   read more

Dow Chemical Pesticides and the Trump Connection

With the election of Trump and naming Scott Pruitt as EPA chief, the agency’s position on chlorpyrifos changed. In March 2017, it denied the 2007 petition requesting a ban of the pesticide. Trump has reportedly enjoyed an increasingly close friendship with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris. Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, then wrote to Trump cabinet members asking them to set aside studies that found a certain class of pesticides to be harmful to an array of endangered wildlife.   read more

Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission: Who Is J. Christopher Giancarlo?

Giancarlo moved into the trading world in 2000 as executive vice president and counsel for Fenics Software (later GFI), which made derivatives trading programs. While still at GFI in 2011, Giancarlo testified to the House Financial Services Committee urging a go-slow approach to regulating derivatives trading. In 2015, Giancarlo wrote a paper criticizing some of the CFTC’s reforms. His nomination to chair CFTC was warmly greeted by the investment industry, which is hoping for less regulation.   read more

Acting Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission: Who Is William H. Pryor, Jr.?

As Alabama attorney general, Pryor backed efforts to establish the Alabama Sentencing Commission as a way to reform criminal sentences. Reliably conservative, Pryor called Roe v. Wade “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history,” and in a brief to the Supreme Court warned that if it recognized a constitutional right to homosexual sex, it would “logically extend” to activities like “prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, incest and pedophilia.”   read more

Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration: Who Is Elliot Mainzer?

Mainzer's first job after grad school was at Enron, the power trading company that spectacularly collapsed in 2001. He then went to work for BPA, taking over as acting administrator/CEO in 2013 after then-administrator Bill Drummond was embroiled in a controversy involving failure to give proper preference to veterans in hiring and retaliating against BPA whistleblowers. Mainzer was named administrator and CEO in January 2014 and is credited with restoring employees’ confidence in the agency.   read more

Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency: Who Is David Lewis?

Lewis made his name in managing ship production. As the Aegis program executive officer, Lewis led the delivery of seven Arleigh Burke class of guided missile ships and procured another 10 ships. As executive officer, Ships, he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships. In 2003, Lewis wrote an article for the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute decrying the time it took—more than a decade in some cases—to bring a new class of warship from conception to deployment.   read more

Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery: Who Is Kate Kelley?

Kelley’s first stint at Arlington National Cemetery came in June 2012 as its chief of standards and evaluation and director of accountability. A year later, she was made director of enterprise management at the Army’s Information Technology Agency. In January 2014, Kelley was promoted to chief of staff of headquarters services in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. She held that position until moving back to Arlington National Cemetery as its superintendent.   read more

Secretary of the Army: Who Was Mark Green?

Tenn. State Sen. Mark Green—President Donald Trump’s second choice to serve as Secretary of the Army—has bowed out in the wake of bipartisan criticism of controversial statements regarding gays, transgender persons, Muslims, Latinos, birth control, and evolution. Green, who recently said “transgender is a disease,” has been a vocal opponent of gay Americans. He has publicly rejected the scientific theory of evolution in favor of a religious belief that God created everything without evolution.   read more

Chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board: Who Is Jean Bahr?

Bahr has been a professor in the Dept. of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, where she is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on physical, geochemical, and biogeochemical controls on the movement of underground water. She served as chair of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management Graduate Program from 1995 to 1999, and of the Geoscience Dept from 2005 to 2008.   read more

Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Who Is Catherine Lhamon?

Lhamon learned about racism and civil rights early on, as her parents were activists, and she was the product of a mixed-race marriage; the Supreme Court had overturned laws against such marriages only a few years earlier. On April 6, 2017, Lhamon characterized the policy shift of the new Trump administration by saying, “The backstop that has been the civil rights enforcement of the federal government is no more.” The commission's role will likely be important during years of the Trump regime.   read more

Acting Director of the United States Secret Service: Who Is William Callahan?

In December 2016,Callahan was promoted to deputy director of the Secret Service, and became acting director in March 2017. It didn’t take long for him to encounter controversy. On March 10, 26-year-old Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran entered the White House grounds and was not detected for 16 minutes. On March 16, it was discovered that an agency laptop was stolen from an agent’s car in New York. The laptop was said to have had security plans for Trump Tower and other sensitive information on it.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo: Who Is Todd Haskell?

Haskell was sent to Tel Aviv as consul in 1996. While there, in 1998, he was involved in the case of an American teen arrested and held by the Israeli government, which charged him of being a member of Hamas. As consul, Haskell monitored the case and urged his release. Haskell returned to Washington in August 2013 for a stint as office director in the Africa Bureau’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he was a member of the Ebola communications task force.   read more
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Director of the Selective Service System: Who Is Don Benton?

Don Benton, a former Washington state senator, chaired Trump’s presidential campaign in the Pacific Northwest. Trump first rewarded Benton with a job in the EPA, but he quickly wore out his welcome. So in April 2017, with little fanfare, Trump made Benton, whose company sells sales motivation programs but who never served in the military, director of the Selective Service System. Like Trump, Benton has a talent for sucking money out of campaigns--including Trump's--and into his businesses.   read more

Director of the International Trade Administration: Who Is Gil Kaplan?

Kaplan wrote in a 2010 article that the U.S. should block Chinese-made computers as long as Beijing prohibits U.S. websites such as Google and YouTube from operating there. During the 2016 presidential campaign Kaplan supported “pausing all international trade negotiations for one year, while the U.S. undertakes a top-to-bottom review of the effect of international trade agreements on U.S. manufacturing,” as well as promoting “Made in America” purchases by the Dept of Defense.   read more

Chair of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Steven Walther?

Walther served on the executive board of the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, which oversees the ABA’s political programs in more than 21 countries. In 1998, he led the election recount team for Sen. Harry Reid after his 428-win over Republican John Ensign. The following year, Reid offered to recommend Walther to be a candidate for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but Walther declined. However, several years later, when Reid recommended him for the FEC, Walther accepted.   read more

Chairman of the Export-Import Bank: Who Is Scott Garrett?

In Scott Garrett, President Donald Trump has once again chosen someone to lead an agency whose existence he opposes. Garrett was considered one of the most conservative members of Congress, voting against extending unemployment benefits, raising minimum wage and prohibiting price gouging by oil companies. He opposed reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act because he didn’t believe that ballots should be printed in languages other than English.   read more

Chair of the United States Access Board: Who Is Deborah A. Ryan?

Starting as an administrative assistant and rising to associate director, Ryan became executive director when MAAB was re-named and re-organized in 1987. Ryan left MAAB in July 2002 to start her own accessibility consulting firm, Deborah A. Ryan & Associates, which she has owned and operated ever since. Ryan’s firm specializes in compliance with accessibility requirements created under Massachusetts law and federal laws such as the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.   read more

Dow Chemical Pesticides and the Trump Connection

With the election of Trump and naming Scott Pruitt as EPA chief, the agency’s position on chlorpyrifos changed. In March 2017, it denied the 2007 petition requesting a ban of the pesticide. Trump has reportedly enjoyed an increasingly close friendship with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris. Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, then wrote to Trump cabinet members asking them to set aside studies that found a certain class of pesticides to be harmful to an array of endangered wildlife.   read more

Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission: Who Is J. Christopher Giancarlo?

Giancarlo moved into the trading world in 2000 as executive vice president and counsel for Fenics Software (later GFI), which made derivatives trading programs. While still at GFI in 2011, Giancarlo testified to the House Financial Services Committee urging a go-slow approach to regulating derivatives trading. In 2015, Giancarlo wrote a paper criticizing some of the CFTC’s reforms. His nomination to chair CFTC was warmly greeted by the investment industry, which is hoping for less regulation.   read more

Acting Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission: Who Is William H. Pryor, Jr.?

As Alabama attorney general, Pryor backed efforts to establish the Alabama Sentencing Commission as a way to reform criminal sentences. Reliably conservative, Pryor called Roe v. Wade “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history,” and in a brief to the Supreme Court warned that if it recognized a constitutional right to homosexual sex, it would “logically extend” to activities like “prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, incest and pedophilia.”   read more

Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration: Who Is Elliot Mainzer?

Mainzer's first job after grad school was at Enron, the power trading company that spectacularly collapsed in 2001. He then went to work for BPA, taking over as acting administrator/CEO in 2013 after then-administrator Bill Drummond was embroiled in a controversy involving failure to give proper preference to veterans in hiring and retaliating against BPA whistleblowers. Mainzer was named administrator and CEO in January 2014 and is credited with restoring employees’ confidence in the agency.   read more

Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency: Who Is David Lewis?

Lewis made his name in managing ship production. As the Aegis program executive officer, Lewis led the delivery of seven Arleigh Burke class of guided missile ships and procured another 10 ships. As executive officer, Ships, he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships. In 2003, Lewis wrote an article for the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute decrying the time it took—more than a decade in some cases—to bring a new class of warship from conception to deployment.   read more

Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery: Who Is Kate Kelley?

Kelley’s first stint at Arlington National Cemetery came in June 2012 as its chief of standards and evaluation and director of accountability. A year later, she was made director of enterprise management at the Army’s Information Technology Agency. In January 2014, Kelley was promoted to chief of staff of headquarters services in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. She held that position until moving back to Arlington National Cemetery as its superintendent.   read more

Secretary of the Army: Who Was Mark Green?

Tenn. State Sen. Mark Green—President Donald Trump’s second choice to serve as Secretary of the Army—has bowed out in the wake of bipartisan criticism of controversial statements regarding gays, transgender persons, Muslims, Latinos, birth control, and evolution. Green, who recently said “transgender is a disease,” has been a vocal opponent of gay Americans. He has publicly rejected the scientific theory of evolution in favor of a religious belief that God created everything without evolution.   read more

Chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board: Who Is Jean Bahr?

Bahr has been a professor in the Dept. of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, where she is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on physical, geochemical, and biogeochemical controls on the movement of underground water. She served as chair of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management Graduate Program from 1995 to 1999, and of the Geoscience Dept from 2005 to 2008.   read more

Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Who Is Catherine Lhamon?

Lhamon learned about racism and civil rights early on, as her parents were activists, and she was the product of a mixed-race marriage; the Supreme Court had overturned laws against such marriages only a few years earlier. On April 6, 2017, Lhamon characterized the policy shift of the new Trump administration by saying, “The backstop that has been the civil rights enforcement of the federal government is no more.” The commission's role will likely be important during years of the Trump regime.   read more

Acting Director of the United States Secret Service: Who Is William Callahan?

In December 2016,Callahan was promoted to deputy director of the Secret Service, and became acting director in March 2017. It didn’t take long for him to encounter controversy. On March 10, 26-year-old Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran entered the White House grounds and was not detected for 16 minutes. On March 16, it was discovered that an agency laptop was stolen from an agent’s car in New York. The laptop was said to have had security plans for Trump Tower and other sensitive information on it.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo: Who Is Todd Haskell?

Haskell was sent to Tel Aviv as consul in 1996. While there, in 1998, he was involved in the case of an American teen arrested and held by the Israeli government, which charged him of being a member of Hamas. As consul, Haskell monitored the case and urged his release. Haskell returned to Washington in August 2013 for a stint as office director in the Africa Bureau’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he was a member of the Ebola communications task force.   read more
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