Four More Administration Appointees Announced
While most of official Washington lays low for the Passover and Good Friday holidays, President Obama has announced his intention to nominate four more individuals to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Maryland's secretary of transportation John D. Porcari will serve as Ray LaHood's deputy if confirmed by the Senate. He first served as Maryland's transportation chief from 1999 to 2002, leading the development and construction of two high-profile transportation projects in the greater Washington region. He led the planning and start of the Intercounty Connector between Montgomery and Prince Georges County, Md., and the development and funding to reconstruct the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a critical piece of Washington's infamous Beltway that connects Maryland with Virginia. In between two tours of duty at Maryland DOT, he served as the chief administrative and financial officer at the University of Maryland.
Larry EchoHawk has been tapped to serve as Interior's assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. The first Native American elected to a statewide office, he served as Idaho's attorney general from 1991 to 1995. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994 and has since taught at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, teaching courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and federal Indian law. He is a Mormon and member of the Pawnee tribe.
Obama has asked Sandra Henriquez to serve as HUD's assistant secretary for public and Indian housing. She has served as CEO of the Boston Housing Authority since 1996, having previously worked for the agency from 1977 to 1983. In between, she worked at Maloney Properties, Inc., a real estate management company and as director of housing management and tenant services for Massachusetts’ Department of Housing and Community Development. She holds positions with several civic organizations and has earned various public service and real estate awards.
If confirmed, A. Thomas McLellan will serve as deputy drug czar, or, more formally, as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Considered a leading expert on on addiction and substance abuse, he is currently a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and CEO of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. He was the principal developer of widely used methods to assess for addiction severity and treatment success -- the Addiction Severity Index and Treatment Services Review -- which both have been adopted worldwide. He has worked with the nation's VA hospitals, has previously advised the ONDCP, the World Health Organization, the Partnership for a Drug Free America and the American Psychiatric Association, among others.
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