First Day for Several Cabinet Secretaries
Several cabinet secretaries started their new jobs today on the first full day of the Obama administration.
So far only Interior Sec. Ken Salazar has been greeted by a formal welcoming ceremony at his new place of employment.
Over at Veterans Affairs, there will be no formal welcome for Sec. Eric Shinseki -- at least not yet.
“He has a full afternoon of briefings ahead of him, especially the budget and related issues,” VA spokesman Phil Budahn.
The USDA may hold a formal ceremony welcoming Sec. Tom Vilsack tomorrow afternoon, according to spokesman Jim Brownlee.
No word back yet from the Education Department about plans for Arne Duncan.
The Department of Homeland Security has posted the new official biography of Sec. Janet Napolitano. In an effort to quell concerns that she lacks homeland security experience, the bio stresses her work as chairwoman of the National Governors Association and as a U.S. attorney. See the full bio after the jump.
Janet Napolitano was sworn in on January 21, 2009 as the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Napolitano was mid-way through her second term as Governor of the State of Arizona. While Governor, Napolitano became the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, where she was instrumental in creating the Public Safety Task Force and the Homeland Security Advisors Council. She also chaired the Western Governors Association. Napolitano previously served as the Attorney General of Arizona and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Napolitano's homeland security background is extensive. As U.S. Attorney, she helped lead the domestic terrorism investigation into the Oklahoma City Bombing. As Arizona Attorney General, she helped write the law to break up human smuggling rings. As Governor, she implemented one of the first state homeland security strategies in the nation, opened the first state counter-terrorism center and spearheaded efforts to transform immigration enforcement. She's also been a pioneer in coordinating federal, state, local and bi-national homeland security efforts, and presided over large scale disaster relief efforts and readiness exercises to ensure well-crafted and functional emergency plans.
Napolitano graduated from Santa Clara University in 1979, where she won a Truman Scholarship, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before joining the law firm of Lewis and Roca.
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