Eye Opener: Obama Taps More Nominees
Happy Tuesday! President Obama has tapped several more people to serve in various government roles at the departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, Interior, Labor, Transportation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Obama named John Fernandez his assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. He served as a senior adviser and fundraiser for Obama for Change in Indiana.
Anthony Marion Babauta is Obama's choice to be the Interior Department's assistant secretary for insular areas. He previously worked as staff director of the House Natural Resources Committee's subcommittee on insular affairs, oceans, and wildlife.
Over at the Labor Department, the president has asked Joseph A. Main to serve as assistant secretary for mine safety and health.
Alexa E. Posny's name will be submitted for consideration as assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services at the Education Department. She's currently the Kansas state education commissioner.
Christopher P. Bertram is currently a staffer with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Obama has nominated him for assistant secretary for budget and programs and CFO at the Transportation Department.
Terry A. Yonkers will be tapped to serve as assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations and environment. He's currently a senior vice president at ARCADIS-US. Inc.
Veteran firefighter and former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin James Cochran has been asked to serve as U.S. fire administrator at FEMA.
Joseph G. Pizarchik has been asked to serve as director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement at the Interior Department. He's a 17-year veteran of Pennsylvania's mining program.
If confirmed, Daniel R. Elliott III will serve as chairman of the Surface Transportation Board. He's served as associate general counsel of the United Transportation Union since 1993.
Public radio veteran Patricia D. Cahill has been tapped to serve as a member of the board of directors at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She's currently general manager of KCUR-FM in Kansas City.
Minor positions yes, but ask anyone who works at these agencies or offices, and they'll tell you they're critical to the operations of the federal government.
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