Obama Announces More Nominations
President Obama is traveling abroad, but his recruitment efforts continue, as he plans to nominate eight more people to join the administration.
Most notably, Obama has tapped Christine M. Griffin to serve as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. She currently serves as acting vice chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a scandal-plauged agency suffering from low morale and concerns about its Washington headquarters. Griffin previously served as executive director of Boston's Disability Law Center from 1996 to 2005. She was named a Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" in 2005 and is a U.S. Army veteran.
At USDA, Obama will nominate Kevin Concannon to serve as undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and Rajiv Shah for undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Concannon has served as director of Iowa's Department of Human Services since 2003 and previously held several positions in Maine state government. If confirmed, Shah will leave his job as director of the agricultural development program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He previously was the health care policy adviser for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
Michael Nacht, currently a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, has been tapped to serve as assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs. From 1994-1997, he was assistant director for strategic and Eurasian affairs at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, dealing with Russian and Chinese arms control issues and participated in five summit meetings with President Clinton.
Obama will also nominate:
• Mercedes Márquez as assistant secretary for community planning and development. She's currently general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department.
• Raymond M. Jefferson as assistant secretary for veterans employment and training at the Labor Department. He's a West Point graduate, former Army officer and Fulbright fellow.
• Robert S. Litt as general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He's currently a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, once served as deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
• William F. Brinkman as director of the Office of Science at the Energy Department. He's a retired vice president of research from Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies.
| April 17, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
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