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Obama Taps New CEO to Run AmeriCorps, VISTA

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama has tapped Patrick Corvington to serve as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the independent agency that runs the AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and VISTA programs.

Corvington currently serves as senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, founded by UPS co-founder Jim Casey to address the needs of disadvantaged children. He previously served as executive director of the Innovation Network (a nonprofit agency devoted to the work of... nonprofits) and multicultural affairs coordinator at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The position requires Senate confirmation and Corvington's name will be referred to the Senate HELP Committee.

Corvington will surely face questions from Senate Republicans about the White House's controversial dismissal of its inspector general, Gerald Walpin.

The White House told lawmakers that Walpin's erratic behavior at an agency board of directors meeting in May was the reason for his removal, but he disputed the claims, suggesting his Republican registration and personal differences with agency leadership led to his removal. Walpin has since filed a wrongful termination suit seeking reinstatement to his job and the case is working its way through procedural matters in federal court. A Corporation spokeswoman would not comment on the case.

Corvington's selection marks the first of three presidential appointments Obama has to make at the agency.

President Obama on Friday also announced his intent to nominate:

Daniel I. Gordon, to serve as administration of federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget

Pamela S. Hyde, to serve as administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services

John H. Laub, to serve as director of the Justice Department's National Institute of Justice

Ian Solomon, to serve as U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Richard Sorian, to serve as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 2, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
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