Transition 2012-13

Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank named UW-Madison chancellor

Location:
Madison, WI, United States
Recommendation:
3

Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank, who said during a recent visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison that she's tired of the political battles in Washington and has always considered college campuses her home, will be the next chancellor of Wisconsin's flagship university.

White House narrowing field for FCC chairman

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

When last we checked in on the Federal Communications Commission chairmanship, it seemed that the White House was in no rush to replace Julius Genachowski, the current head of the agency. But now it appears that Chairman Genachowski is eyeing the exits, and administration officials are busily lining up a successor.

Obama Is Said Nearing Choice of Pritzker for Commerce

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

Apparently, President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary.

House Commerce Committee Democrats Announce Subcommittee Memberships for 113th Congress

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee met to determine recommendations for subcommittee ranking memberships and assignments for the 113th Congress.

President Obama looks to fill out cabinet

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

With nominations for a new defense and foreign policy team set, President Barack Obama can now focus on revamping the rest of his second-term cabinet.

Kerry Nomination Means More Commerce Reordering

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

There will have to be some re-ordering of the Senate Commerce Committee, and perhaps the House Commerce Committee, the two committees that oversee communications policy. With the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State -- he will almost certainly be confirmed -- that would remove him from the post of chair of the Communications Subcommittee, where he has pushed for privacy legislation and network neutrality regulations.

Observers ponder impact of Markey's Senate bid on House Commerce Committee

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep. Edward Markey's (D-MA) run for Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) seat may leave the House Commerce Committee without one of its longest-serving members and fiercest advocates for online privacy rights.

Sen Patrick Leahy declines powerful Appropriations post

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is turning down the powerful chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee.

President Obama lags Bush, Clinton in nominating second-term Cabinet

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Obama hasn’t nominated anyone to his second-term Cabinet more than a month after his reelection, putting him well behind the pace set by Presidents Clinton and Bush.

What New Congressional Leaders Could Mean for Online Privacy

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The online advertising industry lost an ally on a key House subcommittee when Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) lost reelection in November and learned this week that pro-business Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is resigning his post. But opponents of privacy legislation -- the Interactive Advertising Bureau and other ad trade organizations among them -- have gained a bit more prominence in the appointment of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as vice chair of the full House Commerce Committee.

FCC chief’s painstaking approach earns mixed reviews in turbulent times for telecom industry

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

When he isn’t chairing the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski enjoys a seat at a poker table. And as it turns out, he approaches cards much like he regulates: with great caution.

Rep Walden to Chair NRCC

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) was elected chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, succeeding Pete Sessions (R-TX). Rep Walden can remain chair of the subcommittee. The NRCC raises funds and provides other candidate services to elect Republicans to the House.

Rep Walden to stay on as Chairman of Technology subcommittee

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) plans to stay on as chairman of the House subcommittee that handles communications and technology issues.

Changes at the FTC

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced that Willard K. “Will” Tom, the agency’s General Counsel, has left the agency to return to the private sector, and that David Shonka, the FTC’s Principal Deputy General Counsel, will serve as Acting General Counsel. Chairman Leibowitz also announced the appointment of Peter Miller as the FTC’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).

Group launches campaign to pressure Obama not to pick Berman for State

Recommendation:
2

Demand Progress, a liberal advocacy group, launched a campaign urging President Barack Obama not to pick Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) as his next secretary of State because of the lawmaker's support for controversial anti-piracy legislation.

VanRoekel Will Stay on at the White House

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel confirmed via Twitter on November 9 that he plans to stay in the White House during President Obama’s second term. VanRoekel was named the nation’s second-ever CIO in August 2011 after a long career as an executive at Microsoft and, more briefly, as managing director at the Federal Communications Commission.

No clear signal on FCC chair's post

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama’s reelection means a Democrat will remain in the driver’s seat at the Federal Communications Commission next year. But just who that Democrat will be is an open question.

DOJ's antitrust chief to step down

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Joe Wayland, the acting chief of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, will leave the agency on Nov. 16.

House scramble with 7 chairmanships open

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Because of committee term limits, seven House panels will get new chairmen next Congress, putting new policy players atop committees that oversee everything from the financial sector to immigration to the nation’s roads and bridges.

Campaigning Aside, Team Plans a Romney Presidency

Location:
Capitol Hill, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As Mitt Romney and Paul D. Ryan fanned out across the country this week, glad-handing voters and donors, a smaller but no less important gathering was taking place on Capitol Hill: Romney’s transition team met on August 14 with more than a dozen loyalists from the private and public sectors in space borrowed from a law office.

Senators discuss paring list of positions they vet

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
4

Senior senators are negotiating to reduce the 1,400 presidential appointments subject to time-consuming Senate confirmation, hoping to streamline a system that has frustrated administrations of both parties.

Senators Fed Up With Secret Blocks On Nominees

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senators say they've had it with "secret holds" on nominations.

Bill would help smooth presidential transitions

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

Four senators have introduced the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act, which would adopt several recommendations from a January report that called on the Senate to confirm a new administration's 50 officials at the departments of defense, homeland security, justice, state and Treasury on or shortly after Inauguration Day.