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Who Attended the Latest Stimulus Meeting?

By Ed O'Keefe

Vice President Biden met with several officials today to review the government's progress in doling out economic stimulus funds.

"Every day, every week we see these funds going from Washington into American communities. And I believe we're starting to see some mild impact from this already," Biden said, according to a pool report of the meeting. "We have 18 months to get this job done, and we're going to get it done right."

Biden noted that roughly 50 million Social Security recipients will receive one-time $250 payments in May, six weeks ahead of schedule, and that the Energy Department will soon distribute $3.2 billion for state and local energy efficiency and conservation programs.

He also introduced the cabinet secretaries and other government officials to Edward DeSeve, "the CEO" of the stimulus process, Biden said, who joined the administration late last week.

The meeting was held this morning around a long conference table in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Here's a full list of the meeting's attendees, according to the pool report:

G. Edward DeSeve, Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Rob Nabors

Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas Barrett

State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy

Transportation Department Fiscal Assistant Secretary Ken Carfine

Defense Department's Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (comptroller) Michael McCord

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli

Interior Department's Senior Adviser for Economic Recovery Chris Henderson

Commerce Department's Senior Adviser and Acting Chief of Staff Rick Wade

Counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services John Monahan

Housing and Urban Development Chief of Staff Laurel Blatchford

Education Department's Consultant and Senior Adviser to the Secretary Tony Miller

Homeland Security Senior Counselor to the Secretary Brian de Vallance

EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Craig Hooks

Not seated at the table but also in attendance: Helaine Greenfeld, Deputy Associate Attorney General; Ellen Herbst, Commerce's Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation; HUD senior advisers Peter Grace and Bruce Katz; and Matt Rogers, a senior adviser to Chu for the Recovery Act.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 26, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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I can't tell by the names mentioned, but I would like to know the Racial/Ethnic Make-up of these Representatives. We know there is a History of excluding African Americans from most of these Trade Unions that will be doing a lot of the Infrastructure Work, so i'm curious as to how the Administration plan to monitor the equal distribution and hiring of those that will get this Stimulus Money.

In the list included above I wasn't able to pick up any Hispanic Surname Individuals, nor did I noticed any Names that had an African American leaning. Even though you can't always tell by name, in many cases it does give some suttle hints about the direction of a program based on who the overseers are. We have to be concerned about the same type people watching similar types administering the money. We should have learned from Wall Street.



Posted by: leart2 | March 27, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

No man off the street, I'm assured were seated in the chamber. Gee! We are paying for this. Perhaps a delegation of random ly selectd people from the country at large be invited to such events. Don't pick all Democrats and Marxists, Don't Pick all rich or poor , Don't select activists. Don't pick ACORN or other similar groups. About 10 or 15 would be nice. They need to have input. Oh Yes, don't suddenly reveryt to "lawyer ease". Thay means you're lieing, dispencing with these guests with quick speak to get around them with double speak. That's one which will get you a boot.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | March 28, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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