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David Bernhardt confirmed as Interior Department Deputy Secretary

July 26, 2017: David Bernhardt was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior by the U.S. Senate on Monday, July 24, 2017. Bernhardt was confirmed by a 53-43 vote that was mainly along political party lines. Bernhardt was nominated on April 28, 2017. Bernhardt, of Arlington County, Va., is the chairman of the natural resource law practice at the law firm Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck LLP. From 2001 to 2009, Bernhardt held several posts at the Interior Department, including the position of Solicitor, which is the department’s third-ranking official and its chief legal officer. Bernhardt was recently a Member of the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. He was also previously a U.S. Commissioner to the International Boundary Commission, U.S. and Canada. He is a native of Rifle, Col., and an avid hunter and fisherman. Bernhardt graduated from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Bill O'Neill appointed Deputy Director, Michigan Natural Resources Department

  

July 26, 2017: Bill O’Neill was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by DNR Director Keith Creagh on Monday, July 24, 2017. O’Neill succeeds Bill Moritz, who retired to work for the Wildlife Management Institute. O’Neill has worked for DNR for more than thirty-one years. Since January, 2012, he was the Chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division (FRD), except for a brief stint in early 2016 when, on an acting basis, he took on the position of DNR Deputy Director while Moritz filled in as DNR Director during Creagh’s assignment at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. O’Neill has held several DNR positions, including Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Director; Land Manager for several forest management units; District Manager for the Eastern Lower Peninsula District; and FRD Field Coordinator, administering the largest state forest system in the continental United States. O’Neill is currently the president of the Northeast Area Association of State Foresters; he is on the National Association of State Foresters executive board; and he is a Department of Forestry Board Member at the Michigan Technological University and at Michigan State University. O’Neill received a master’s degree in forestry with an emphasis on business management from Michigan State University. Until a full-time official is appointed as the FRD Chief, DNR Regional Initiatives Deputy Marc Miller has been appointed as the division’s Acting Chief, in addition to his other duties.

Marc Miller appointed Acting Chief, Michigan Natural Resources Department Forest Resources Division

  

July 26, 2017: Bill O’Neill was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by DNR Director Keith Creagh on Monday, July 24, 2017. O’Neill succeeds Bill Moritz, who retired to work for the Wildlife Management Institute. O’Neill has worked for DNR for more than thirty-one years. Since January, 2012, he was the Chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division (FRD), except for a brief stint in early 2016 when, on an acting basis, he took on the position of DNR Deputy Director while Moritz filled in as DNR Director during Creagh’s assignment at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. O’Neill has held several DNR positions, including Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Director; Land Manager for several forest management units; District Manager for the Eastern Lower Peninsula District; and FRD Field Coordinator, administering the largest state forest system in the continental United States. O’Neill is currently the president of the Northeast Area Association of State Foresters; he is on the National Association of State Foresters executive board; and he is a Department of Forestry Board Member at the Michigan Technological University and at Michigan State University. O’Neill received a master’s degree in forestry with an emphasis on business management from Michigan State University. Until a full-time official is appointed as the FRD Chief, DNR Regional Initiatives Deputy Marc Miller has been appointed as the division’s Acting Chief, in addition to his other duties.

Ann Marie Buerkle nominated as Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  

July 26, 2017: Ann Marie Buerkle was nominated as the Chairman and as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Monday, July 24, 2017. Buerkle, of New York, was nominated for a seven-year term that starts on October 27, 2018. Buerkle is currently a CPSC Commissioner and the agency’s Acting Chairman, a post she has held since this year, 2017. Buerkle previously represented New York’s 25th Congressional District in Congress. From 1997 to 2009, Buerkle was an Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York. Earlier in her career, she practiced law at a private firm. Before her legal career, Buerkle worked as a registered nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She received a BS from Le Moyne College and a JD from Syracuse University College of Law.

Peter Hoekstra nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

  

July 26, 2017: Peter Hoekstra was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands on Monday, July 24, 2017. Hoekstra, of Michigan, was a U.S. House Representative from 1993 to 2011, representing Michigan’s Second Congressional District. Hoekstra was the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 to 2007, and he was the Committee’s Ranking Republican until 2011. Hoekstra received an MBA at the University of Michigan.

Justin Siberell nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain

  

July 26, 2017: Justin H. Siberell was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain on Monday, July 24, 2017. Siberell, of Maryland, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He has worked as a diplomat since 1993. Siberell is currently the Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Siberell has held six positions in Middle East countries. Siberell speaks Spanish and Arabic. Siberell received a BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Christopher Krebs appointed Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, Homeland Security Department

  

July 26, 2017: Christopher Krebs was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday, July 24, 2017. Krebs, of Virginia, was most recently the Senior Counselor to the DHS Secretary. Krebs was previously the director for cybersecurity policy at Microsoft at the Washington, D.C., office. Krebs received his law degree from the George Mason University Law School.