Today's News

Much more than government news.
With a subscription to Carroll Publishing's online database services, you have access to over 260,000 top decision makers, in over 280,000 positions in Federal, State, Municipal and County Government and top government vendors. Our editors keep our customers up-to-date with government personnel changes and other daily articles of newsworthy events.

Through monitoring over 400+ daily news sources our commitment is to provide our customers with the most current government news as it is released.

Preston Rutledge nominated as Labor Department Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration

October 16, 2017: Preston Rutledge was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Rutledge, of Washington, D.C., is currently the Senior Tax and Benefits Counsel on the Majority Tax Staff at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where he works on employee benefits, retirement issues, tax-exempt organizations, health tax issues and the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Before he joined the Finance Committee, Rutledge was a Senior Tax Law Specialist at the Headquarters Staff of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also worked as a Senior Technical Reviewer at the Qualified Pension Plans Branch at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Rutledge received his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law, and he received an L.L.M. in taxation, including a certificate in employee benefits law, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Ricker Hamilton appointed Maine Health and Human Services Department Commissioner

  
October 17, 2017: Ricker Hamilton was appointed as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Hamilton has been the Maine DHHS Acting Commissioner since June, 2017. He has been the department’s Deputy Commissioner of Programs since 2013. Hamilgon has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He also worked as the Program Administrator for Adult Protective Services at DHHS and as an Instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, where he developed a curriculum on elder abuse. Hamilton received his bachelor of arts degree from Saint Anselm College in 1976, and his master of social work degree from Boston College in 1984.

Annapolis Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Beverly Wilbourn resigns

  
October 17, 2017: Annapolis Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Beverly Wilbourn has announced that she does not plan to extend her six-month contract with the Authority, Authority Chairman Sandra Chapman announced on Sunday, October 15, 2017. “Beverly's tenure with HACA was always intended to be short term in nature and to focus on rebuilding the agency's infrastructure,” Chapman wrote in a statement. “Under her leadership, HACA has made some very important steps to stabilize its finances, staffing and compliance in order to build an agency which can successfully manage public housing in Annapolis. We appreciate Beverly's hard work and the deep experience she brought to the job.” The Authority’s Board plans to form a Search Committee immediately to find a new CEO, and that Committee is to be led by John Dillon. Chapman wrote that Eileen Neely, the Acting CFO who previously worked at the Fresno Housing Authority, plans to work at the Authority through the end of 2017, or longer, to help lead the Authority through a transition to a new CEO.

Mark Belton appointed Co-Chairman, Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission

  
October 17, 2017: Mark Belton and Mike Gill were appointed as the Co-Chairmen of the newly-created Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission (MORE) by Gov. Larry Hogan on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Belton is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Gill is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Commission is scheduled to have seventeen Members, who are appointed by Belton and Gill, with the approval of Hogan. The Commission’s Members are scheduled to be representatives of companies within Maryland’s outdoor recreation manufacturing and retail industry; representatives of companies representing small business outdoor or heritage recreation service providers; nonprofit organizations; representatives of gateway cities, towns, or communities; and State Legislative Members. MORE Members have been asked to provide a final report to the Maryland Governor’s Office by Dec. 1, 2019. “This commission will be responsible for developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s outdoor recreation resources,” according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. “Maryland is abundant with natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources that contribute significantly to our economy and quality of life,” Hogan said in a statement. “This commission will help ensure that our state’s natural heritage is strengthened, bringing new businesses, increased tourism, and ultimately preserving our resources for future generations.” The outdoor recreation economy in Maryland already generates about 109,000 direct jobs, $14 billion in consumer spending, $4.4 billion in wages and salaries, and $951 million in state and local tax revenue, according to the Governor’s Office.

Jon Rychalski nominated as Chief Financial Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

  
October 17, 2017: Jon J. Rychalski was nominated as the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Friday, October 13, 2017. Rychalski, of Montana, has worked for the federal government and in the commercial financial management field for more than twenty-five years. He is currently the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Resources Management at the U.S. Department of Defense. He was previously the Director of Financial Plans and Policy at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs at the Defense Department. Rychalski was also previously a Medical Service Corps Officer at the U.S. Air Force. Rychalski graduated from the National College, Carroll College and the State University of New York.

Hannibal Ware nominated as U.S. Small Business Administration Inspector General

  
October 17, 2017: Hannibal Ware was nominated as the Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Friday, October 13, 2017. Ware, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is currently the SBA’s Acting Inspector General. He has been the SBA’s Deputy Inspector General since April, 2016. Ware has worked in the Office of the Inspector General, or OIG, community for more than twenty-seven years, working for the first twenty-six years at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General . In 1990, he joined the Interior Department’s Virgin Island OIG Field Office as an Auditor. Ware, a U.S. Virgin Islands native, received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands. The SBA is an independent federal government agency.

Mike Gill appointed Co-Chairman, Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission

  
October 17, 2017: Mark Belton and Mike Gill were appointed as the Co-Chairmen of the newly-created Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission (MORE) by Gov. Larry Hogan on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Belton is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Gill is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Commission is scheduled to have seventeen Members, who are appointed by Belton and Gill, with the approval of Hogan. The Commission’s Members are scheduled to be representatives of companies within Maryland’s outdoor recreation manufacturing and retail industry; representatives of companies representing small business outdoor or heritage recreation service providers; nonprofit organizations; representatives of gateway cities, towns, or communities; and State Legislative Members. MORE Members have been asked to provide a final report to the Maryland Governor’s Office by Dec. 1, 2019. “This commission will be responsible for developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s outdoor recreation resources,” according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. “Maryland is abundant with natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources that contribute significantly to our economy and quality of life,” Hogan said in a statement. “This commission will help ensure that our state’s natural heritage is strengthened, bringing new businesses, increased tourism, and ultimately preserving our resources for future generations.” The outdoor recreation economy in Maryland already generates about 109,000 direct jobs, $14 billion in consumer spending, $4.4 billion in wages and salaries, and $951 million in state and local tax revenue, according to the Governor’s Office.