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SENATOR MAKES GOOD ON VOW TO BLOCK OPM NOMINEE Sen. David Vitter on Thursday made good on an earlier threat to place a hold on President Obama's nomination of Beth Cobert to move from acting to permanent status as director of the Office of Personnel Management. "Time for OPM to Fess Up on Washington's Obamacare Exemption," Vitter proclaimed in a statement declaring that he will block her confirmation floor vote until Cobert responds to his request for information. Click here to read the full article from GovExec (2/25/16).
DR. ROBERT CALIFF WINS SENATE CONFIRMATION TO RUN F.D.A. President Obama's pick to run the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert M. Califf, was finally confirmed for the job by the Senate on Wednesday, in a vote of 89 to 4, after weeks of opposition from a handful of lawmakers who had blocked his nomination over what they said was the agency's poor record on prescription painkillers. Click here for the full article from the New York Times (2/24/16).
OBAMA ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO NOMINATE JOHN B. KING JR. TO OFFICIALLY TAKE THE ROLE OF EDUCATION SECRETARY President Obama has nominated John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year. Officials at the White House had said before the announcement that the president was encouraged by the bipartisan support King has received in Congress, especially the commitment Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has made for a speedy consideration of his nomination. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (2/11/16).
SENATE APPROVES OPM NOMINATION A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced the nomination of Beth Cobert to serve as director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee easily reported out the nomination of Cobert, who has been serving as the acting OPM director since Katherine Archuleta resigned last summer amid the massive breach of federal employee data. Cobert's nomination now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Click here for the full article from GovExec (2/10/16).