On November 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Timothy Massad to become chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), replacing former chairman Gary Gensler.  The CFTC regulates commodity and financial futures and options, and Massad’s appointment requires Senate confirmation.
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On Tuesday September 17, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider the nomination of Ron Binz to become a FERC Commissioner.  The hearing starts at 9:30 A.M. in SD-366 in the Senate Dirksen Building and a live webcast of the hearing will be available on the committee’s website.
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On June 28, 2013, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Colorado’s Ron Binz to become a FERC Commissioner, taking the seat of outgoing Chairman Jon Wellinghoff who announced his resignation last May (see May 31, 2013 edition of the WER).  The White House also announced that upon his appointment, the President will designate Binz to serve as the Commission’s Chairman.  Binz’s appointment to the Commission will require Senate confirmation.
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On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ernest Moniz as the next Secretary for the Department of Energy (“DOE”).  With a unanimous vote of 97-0, Dr. Moniz succeeds Secretary Steven Chu.  Dr. Moniz was previously the Under Secretary for DOE from 1997 until 2001, and served as a professor of Physics and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prior to his nomination (see March 11, 2013 edition of the WER).
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On April 10, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Sarah “Sally” Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior.  On February 7, 2013, President Obama nominated Ms. Jewell to replace outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  Ms. Jewell had a confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on March 7, 2013.
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On March 4, 2013, President Barrack Obama announced the nominations of Gina McCarthy for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), and Ernest Moniz for Secretary of the Department of Energy (“DOE”).  If confirmed, Ms. McCarthy will replace Administrator Lisa Jackson, while Dr. Moniz will succeed Secretary Steven Chu.
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On September 21, 2012, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint eight individuals to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (“NWTRB”).  The NWTRB was created through the 1987 amendments to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (“NWPA”) and is an independent agency of the federal government. 
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