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Bimal Patel nominated as Treasury Department Assistant Secretary, Financial Institutions

Sept. 18, 2018: Bimal Patel was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Patel, of Georgia, is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Before he took that position, Patel was a partner and the manager of the Financial Advisory and Regulation practice at the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny and Myers LLP. Patel previously worked as a Senior Adviser to Director Jeremiah O. Norton on the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Patel has also worked as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University, teaching an undergraduate course on banking regulation. Patel received his B.A. from Stanford University, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Courtney Snowden to resign as Washington, D.C., Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity on Sept. 21

Sept. 18, 2018: Courtney Snowden has announced that she plans to resign as the Washington, D.C., Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Snowden is leaving "to pursue a new career opportunity outside of District Government," according to a city government press release. Brenda Donald has been named to succeed Snowden on an acting basis. Donald is the current Director of the city government’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). Donald, who has held several Cabinet and senior-level positions for the District government for nearly two decades, will retain her current position as CFSA Director. Donald was previously the city’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.

Julia Salazar elected to New York State Senate Brooklyn seat

Sept. 18, 2018; Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America party, was elected to a Brooklyn, New York City, State Senate seat in an election held on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Salazar, 27, defeated eight-term incumbent, Martin Dilan, 67, Democrat. There is no Republican candidate running in the district in the general election in November, 2018. Salazar supported herself at Columbia University as a nanny and works as a staff organizer at the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice organization.

Leigh Palmer named General Dynamics Information Technology Senior Vice President for Defense

Sept. 18, 2018: Leigh Palmer has been hired as a Senior Vice President for Defense at the General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) division. Palmer succeeds Ken Deutsch, who retired. Palmer led CSRA‘s Intelligence group before its acquisition by General Dynamics through an approximately $9.7B deal that closed early in April, 2018. She previously held various leadership positions at BAE Systems’ U.S. subsidiary and at Northrop Grumman. Deutsch led several Defense portfolios at Computer Sciences Corporation (one of CSRA’s predecessor companies), and he was in the U.S. Navy for more than thirty years, retiring as a Rear Admiral.

Trent Teyema hired as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Federal, Parsons

Sept. 18, 2018: Trent Teyema has been hired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Parsons Federal business division. Parsons officials said on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, that Teyema is scheduled to oversee research-and-development and customer engagement efforts related to the company’s intellectual property protection platforms and other technology offerings. Teyema, who has worked in government for more than two-decades, was previously the Chief of Cyber Readiness at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House. Teyema also worked as a criminal investigator for the U.S. Marshals Service earlier in his career. Parsons is based in Pasadena, California. The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service are divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice.

James Bonzano retires as Arlington County, Va., Fire Chief

Sept. 18, 2018: James Bonzano retired as the Arlington County, Va., Fire Chief on Friday, August 24, 2018, after thirty-four years with the Arlington County government. He joined the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) in 1984, and has worked in numerous positions for the department; he was named Fire Chief in May, 2016. Bonzano worked for or led nearly every section of the department. Bonzano was the Acting Assistant Chief, the South Deputy Chief, the Personnel Services Section Chief, and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Battalion Chief. After the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he was the EMS Branch Director for the emergency response. Arlington County, Va., Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Reshetar has been named the Acting Fire Chief while Arlington County officials conduct a search for the new, full-time Fire Chief.

Karen Forrest resigns as Alaska Deputy Health Commissioner

Sept. 18, 2018: Alaska Deputy Health Commissioner Karen Forrest; Randall Burns, the Director of the state government’s Division of Behavioral Health; and Ron Hale, the Chief Executive of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, resigned from office on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. A Spokesman for the administration of Gov. Bill Walker said the three officials no longer worked for the state as of Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2018. Asked if the employees were fired or asked to resign, Walker Spokesman Katie Marquette said they offered their resignations and declined to elaborate, citing personnel confidentiality rules. Burns oversaw Hale at API. Forrest oversaw Burns.