Appointments and Resignations

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Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division: Who Is John Demers?

Demers helped draft Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which allows the NSA to collect emails and other electronic communications of foreign targets overseas, including correspondence with U.S. citizens. At his confirmation hearing last week, Demers made it clear that the NSA should not be required to obtain an FBI warrant before searching the communications of American citizens. He also waffled on the subject of whether journalists should be jailed for refusing to reveal their sources.   read more

Chief of Protocol: Who Is Sean Lawler?

In 2000, Lawler handled flag writing duties for the commander of the Abraham Lincoln strike group, which was deployed as part of President George W. Bush’s “War on Terror”, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. Lawler moved on in 2002 to be executive assistant to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 2005, he was transferred to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as leading chief petty officer in the Administrative Department.   read more

Assistant Transportation Secretary for Research and Technology: Who Is Diana Furchtgott-Roth?

Furchtgott-Roth’s economic theories are rooted in right-wing ideologies. She’s anti-union, having proposed the longshoremen’s union be regulated to make it harder for them to strike. She criticized the Family and Medical Leave Act, claiming without evidence that it would be abused by workers improperly taking sick leave. She also criticized the Affordable Care Act, claiming, again without evidence, that it would increase bankruptcies caused by medical bills because of lower-quality healthcare.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs: Who Is Manisha Singh?

In 2010, Singh was named the first executive director of the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. The institute’s mission is to study and promote the effectiveness of legal frameworks as essential elements in achieving goals for health, education, and social and economic well-being in developing countries. Singh was there only a year though, returning to work at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and then resuming work for Sen. Dan Sullivan as his chief counsel.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain: Who Is Justin Siberell?

As acting coordinator for counterterrorism, Siberell charged in 2016 that Iran was the leading government sponsor of terrorism. In 2017, he said that the majority of the world's 2016 terrorist attacks took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Under Siberell’s watch, Cuba was dropped from the report for the first time in 33 years. Siberell also led the secret briefing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “Beyond Iraq and Syria: ISIS' Global Reach.”   read more

United States Ambassador to France and Monaco: Who Is Jamie McCourt?

McCourt, who is one of the most reviled figures in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, has no experience in international diplomacy, but she did donate a lot of money to Trump’s campaign and to the Republican Party. As owners of the Dodgers, she and her husband alienated fans with higher parking prices, uniform changes and, because of a huge amount of team debt, failure to pay for talent. Jamie was made the team’s CEO in 2009 but quit in 2011 after receiving a $130-million divorce settlement.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection: Who Is Christopher Krebs?

Krebs joined the George W. Bush administration as a policy adviser to Bob Stephan, then the assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. Krebs helped develop and implement DHS’ Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulatory program. Krebs left government in 2009 to join Dutko Risk Management, a lobbying firm, as a VP in a new division to focus on consulting with governments and businesses on risk-management issues involving threats and disaster recovery.   read more

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Who Is Christopher Wray?

On August 1, 2017, the Senate's 92-5 vote to confirm Wray reflected bipartisan confidence in his professed commitment to independence--a concern of lawmakers in the wake of the James Comey firing and Trump’s alleged attempts to influence the Russia investigation. Wray promised that any such attempts under his watch would be dealt with “very sternly,” and that he'd “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.”   read more

Director of the Defense Logistics Agency: Who Is Darrell K. Williams?

No sooner had Williams taken charge of DLA than he was presented with a damaging report by the GAO about his agency. Williams, who has worked in Army logistics his entire career, has said that his three most important standards are “Lead by example, take care of soldiers and families, and mission accomplishment. I talk about taking care of soldiers and families [first] ...because, I still believe…that if you take care of the troops, the mission will happen. The reverse is not always true.”   read more

Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office: Who Is Jim McDonnell?

Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, McDonnell took a job with the U.S. Dept of Energy as the founding director of the Office of Energy Assurance, responsible for protecting the nation’s energy infrastructure. In 2002, McDonnell began working for the Homeland Security Transition Planning Office in the White House, helping to plan the newly created Dept of Homeland Security. He got into a bit of trouble at DHS, however, and was investigated for loose contracting practices.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Aging: Who Is Lance Robertson?

Just a year after graduating, Robertson co-founded the Gerontology Institute at Oklahoma State University, of which he was director from February 1994 to June 2005. He also served as executive director of PartnerShips for Aging, the largest regional gerontology association in the U.S. Additionally, Robertson has served as the president of the National Association of States United for Aging & Disability (NASUAD), a leading authority on aging and disability.   read more

United States Ambassador to Costa Rica: Who Is Sharon Day?

Day, who until late 2016 served as the co-chair of the RNC, has been nominated by President Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. She has no diplomatic experience. But, like Trump, she has a history of media bashing. In 2012, the Republican presidential candidate lost the women’s vote for the sixth election in a row. Day then spent the next two years traveling around the U.S. encouraging women to vote Republican. She's such an enthusiastic Republican that she named her dog Reagan.   read more

Secretary of the Navy: Who Is Richard Spencer?

Donald Trump has chosen another money man to lead the Navy. His nomination of Spencer is his second try at filling the job, after financier Philip Bilden decided not to serve because of the cost to his portfolio. Given Spencer’s wealth, it's not surprising it was reported that he “is also caught up in a mess of financial entanglements that have proved tricky to unwind.” Spencer had been VP of Spirit Airways before heading east to find his fortune on Wall Street, where he worked for 16 years.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia: Who Is Michael Raynor?

As the executive director of the African Affairs Bureau, Raynor wrote to the State Department inspector general regarding the tragic attack on the State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya. Raynor wrote that a federal law requiring the Department to hire foreign security based on the lowest cost bidder “often results in poorly paid and motivated guards,” which not only raises security risks but also “undercuts our Missions’ broader engagement in championing human rights.”   read more

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration: Who Is Rich Ashooh?

At defense contractor Sanders, maker of military electronics, Ashooh became VP of government relations—a lobbyist. Lockheed spun off Sanders to BAE Systems, with Ashooh on board. He was later director of public affairs in BAE’s Electronic Warfare Systems division. Ashooh was a member of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign and, as a congressional candidate, called for repeal of Obamacare and balancing the budget by eliminating funding for any federal entity that competed with private industry.   read more

Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Who Is Mark A. Green?

Green supported the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, and co-founded the Faith-Based Caucus, which backed relaxing church-state separation so church-affiliated social programs could get federal money. Green supported several bills involving international health that President Trump now wants to cut or eliminate. He has also been president of the USAID-funded IRI, staffed and run mostly by Republicans, and criticized for promoting conservative political goals rather than democracy around the world.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

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Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division: Who Is John Demers?

Demers helped draft Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which allows the NSA to collect emails and other electronic communications of foreign targets overseas, including correspondence with U.S. citizens. At his confirmation hearing last week, Demers made it clear that the NSA should not be required to obtain an FBI warrant before searching the communications of American citizens. He also waffled on the subject of whether journalists should be jailed for refusing to reveal their sources.   read more

Chief of Protocol: Who Is Sean Lawler?

In 2000, Lawler handled flag writing duties for the commander of the Abraham Lincoln strike group, which was deployed as part of President George W. Bush’s “War on Terror”, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. Lawler moved on in 2002 to be executive assistant to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 2005, he was transferred to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as leading chief petty officer in the Administrative Department.   read more

Assistant Transportation Secretary for Research and Technology: Who Is Diana Furchtgott-Roth?

Furchtgott-Roth’s economic theories are rooted in right-wing ideologies. She’s anti-union, having proposed the longshoremen’s union be regulated to make it harder for them to strike. She criticized the Family and Medical Leave Act, claiming without evidence that it would be abused by workers improperly taking sick leave. She also criticized the Affordable Care Act, claiming, again without evidence, that it would increase bankruptcies caused by medical bills because of lower-quality healthcare.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs: Who Is Manisha Singh?

In 2010, Singh was named the first executive director of the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. The institute’s mission is to study and promote the effectiveness of legal frameworks as essential elements in achieving goals for health, education, and social and economic well-being in developing countries. Singh was there only a year though, returning to work at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and then resuming work for Sen. Dan Sullivan as his chief counsel.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain: Who Is Justin Siberell?

As acting coordinator for counterterrorism, Siberell charged in 2016 that Iran was the leading government sponsor of terrorism. In 2017, he said that the majority of the world's 2016 terrorist attacks took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Under Siberell’s watch, Cuba was dropped from the report for the first time in 33 years. Siberell also led the secret briefing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “Beyond Iraq and Syria: ISIS' Global Reach.”   read more

United States Ambassador to France and Monaco: Who Is Jamie McCourt?

McCourt, who is one of the most reviled figures in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, has no experience in international diplomacy, but she did donate a lot of money to Trump’s campaign and to the Republican Party. As owners of the Dodgers, she and her husband alienated fans with higher parking prices, uniform changes and, because of a huge amount of team debt, failure to pay for talent. Jamie was made the team’s CEO in 2009 but quit in 2011 after receiving a $130-million divorce settlement.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection: Who Is Christopher Krebs?

Krebs joined the George W. Bush administration as a policy adviser to Bob Stephan, then the assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. Krebs helped develop and implement DHS’ Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulatory program. Krebs left government in 2009 to join Dutko Risk Management, a lobbying firm, as a VP in a new division to focus on consulting with governments and businesses on risk-management issues involving threats and disaster recovery.   read more

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Who Is Christopher Wray?

On August 1, 2017, the Senate's 92-5 vote to confirm Wray reflected bipartisan confidence in his professed commitment to independence--a concern of lawmakers in the wake of the James Comey firing and Trump’s alleged attempts to influence the Russia investigation. Wray promised that any such attempts under his watch would be dealt with “very sternly,” and that he'd “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.”   read more

Director of the Defense Logistics Agency: Who Is Darrell K. Williams?

No sooner had Williams taken charge of DLA than he was presented with a damaging report by the GAO about his agency. Williams, who has worked in Army logistics his entire career, has said that his three most important standards are “Lead by example, take care of soldiers and families, and mission accomplishment. I talk about taking care of soldiers and families [first] ...because, I still believe…that if you take care of the troops, the mission will happen. The reverse is not always true.”   read more

Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office: Who Is Jim McDonnell?

Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, McDonnell took a job with the U.S. Dept of Energy as the founding director of the Office of Energy Assurance, responsible for protecting the nation’s energy infrastructure. In 2002, McDonnell began working for the Homeland Security Transition Planning Office in the White House, helping to plan the newly created Dept of Homeland Security. He got into a bit of trouble at DHS, however, and was investigated for loose contracting practices.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Aging: Who Is Lance Robertson?

Just a year after graduating, Robertson co-founded the Gerontology Institute at Oklahoma State University, of which he was director from February 1994 to June 2005. He also served as executive director of PartnerShips for Aging, the largest regional gerontology association in the U.S. Additionally, Robertson has served as the president of the National Association of States United for Aging & Disability (NASUAD), a leading authority on aging and disability.   read more

United States Ambassador to Costa Rica: Who Is Sharon Day?

Day, who until late 2016 served as the co-chair of the RNC, has been nominated by President Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. She has no diplomatic experience. But, like Trump, she has a history of media bashing. In 2012, the Republican presidential candidate lost the women’s vote for the sixth election in a row. Day then spent the next two years traveling around the U.S. encouraging women to vote Republican. She's such an enthusiastic Republican that she named her dog Reagan.   read more

Secretary of the Navy: Who Is Richard Spencer?

Donald Trump has chosen another money man to lead the Navy. His nomination of Spencer is his second try at filling the job, after financier Philip Bilden decided not to serve because of the cost to his portfolio. Given Spencer’s wealth, it's not surprising it was reported that he “is also caught up in a mess of financial entanglements that have proved tricky to unwind.” Spencer had been VP of Spirit Airways before heading east to find his fortune on Wall Street, where he worked for 16 years.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia: Who Is Michael Raynor?

As the executive director of the African Affairs Bureau, Raynor wrote to the State Department inspector general regarding the tragic attack on the State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya. Raynor wrote that a federal law requiring the Department to hire foreign security based on the lowest cost bidder “often results in poorly paid and motivated guards,” which not only raises security risks but also “undercuts our Missions’ broader engagement in championing human rights.”   read more

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration: Who Is Rich Ashooh?

At defense contractor Sanders, maker of military electronics, Ashooh became VP of government relations—a lobbyist. Lockheed spun off Sanders to BAE Systems, with Ashooh on board. He was later director of public affairs in BAE’s Electronic Warfare Systems division. Ashooh was a member of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign and, as a congressional candidate, called for repeal of Obamacare and balancing the budget by eliminating funding for any federal entity that competed with private industry.   read more

Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Who Is Mark A. Green?

Green supported the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, and co-founded the Faith-Based Caucus, which backed relaxing church-state separation so church-affiliated social programs could get federal money. Green supported several bills involving international health that President Trump now wants to cut or eliminate. He has also been president of the USAID-funded IRI, staffed and run mostly by Republicans, and criticized for promoting conservative political goals rather than democracy around the world.   read more
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