Political Appointments

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Margrethe Vestager: the New EU Competition Commissioner

The competition portfolio in President Juncker’s new Commission falls to Margrethe Vestager, a social liberal politician from Denmark. Margrethe Vestager is expected to take up her post as the new Competition...more

Jonathan Hill Confirmed as New European Commissioner for Financial Services

On October 8, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs voted 45-13 to confirm Jonathan Hill as the new European Commissioner for financial stability, financial services and capital...more

FHFA Appoints New Chief Of Staff

On October 8, FHFA Director Mel Watt announced Janell Byrd-Chichester as the agency’s new Chief of Staff. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Byrd-Chichester was a partner at DC’s Mehri & Skalet law firm in their fair housing, lending and...more

Federal Reserve Board Appoints Adviser To The Board for Monetary Policy

On October 8, the Federal Reserve Board announced the appointment of William English as an advisor to the Board for Monetary Policy in the Office of Board Members. Since July 2010, Mr. English has served as the director of...more

OCC Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

On October 3, the OCC appointed Kathy Murry to serve as its Senior Deputy Comptroller for Management and Chief Financial Officer....more

The Newly Constituted CFTC Leadership

The United States Senate confirmed the nominations of Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) Chairman Timothy Massad and Commissioners Sharon Bowen and J. Christopher Giancarlo on June 3, 2014. Each...more

What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?

With the Obama administration unable to get labor and employment law changes through a gridlocked Congress, one of its significant accomplishments and lasting legacies may be its remarkable record of reshaping federal...more

New EU Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager to Take Office in November, Pending Approval

In an announcement made on 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the next European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxemburg, unveiled his team and announced that Magrethe Vestager from Denmark will replace Joaquin...more

Fishers Town Council and Advisory Plan Commission Member Updates

Last week, Eric Moeller was sworn in as the newest member of the Fishers Town Council, replacing former council member Renee Cox, who recently resigned. In May, Moeller won the Republican primary for the North Central Council...more

Governor Haley appoints Mike Campbell as Interim Commissioner

Governor Nikki Haley is appointing Mike Campbell to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Andrea Roche. Commissioner Roche announced her resignation and decision to...more

EEOC’S El Paso Office Names New Director

DALLAS - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the selection of Belinda McCallister as the new director of its El Paso Area Office, which is part of the agency's Dallas District....more

No Recess: Supreme Court Decision Invalidates Three 2012 NLRB Appointments and Narrows President’s Recess Appointment Powers

On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s purported “recess” appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members was an invalid exercise of executive power. The decision has...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Recess Appointment

On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down three appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board on January 4, 2012, purportedly under the U.S. Constitution’s Recess...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor LePage Names Richard Rosen Acting DAFS Commissioner - On May 29th, Governor...more

CFPB announces appointments to Advisory Research Council

The CFPB has announced the appointment of two new members to its Academic Research Council (ARC). The ARC is an advisory body that provides the CFPB’s Office of Research with advice and feedback on its research work. The new...more

Appointed AG more immune to politics

By statute and practice, the New Jersey attorney general serves as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. The AG’s diverse and complex responsibilities include protecting lives and property through statewide law...more

McSweeny Confirmed to Fill Vacancy at FTC

The Federal Trade Commissions will soon be back to having a full complement of five commissioners. Today, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 95 to 1, confirmed Terrell McSweeny to fill a vacancy at the agency created by the...more

FHFA Appoints New Chairman of Fannie Mae Board of Directors

On February 25, FHFA announced that Philip A. Laskawy will step down from the chairmanship of Fannie Mae effective March 31, 2014, and will be succeeded by the current board member Egbert L. J. Perry....more

UK Information Commissioner Reappointed

Christopher Graham, the UK Informaton Commissioner, has been reappointed for another two years. This follows from the end of his current term on 28 June 2014. It means he will have served 7 years in total. How time flies! The...more

N.Y. Attorney General Announces Newly Formed Financial Crimes Bureau, Appoints Its New Chief

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced the establishment of a new Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and the appointment of a veteran financial crimes prosecutor, Gary Fishman, as its...more

EPA Announces Regional Administrator For Region 4 Office In Atlanta

On January 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Heather McTeer Toney has been appointed by President Obama as regional administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. ...more

Senate Confirms National Labor Relations Board Nomination of Richard Griffin as General Counsel

On October 29, 2013, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. to the position of general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board). Since Republicans had been...more

Pro-Union Attorney to Head NLRB

The U.S. Senate has confirmed union lawyer Richard Griffin to serve as general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”)....more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman - Last Wednesday, October 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an expected Senate vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to become the next...more

New ITC Commissioner Sworn In

Commissioner Kieff will work to determine the effects of U.S. intellectual property rights violations on U.S. industry. On October 18, after nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate in...more

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