The Lucky Few
The Senate didn't completely slack off in the weeks leading up to its recess. In July and early August, the Senate confirmed Kay Coles James as director of the Office of Personnel Management, Robert Mueller as FBI director, Los Angeles businessman Hector Barreto Jr. as head of the Small Business Administration, J. Steven Griles as deputy secretary of the Interior Department, John Gauss as chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department and Cari Dominguez as chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dominguez, who replaces Ida L. Castro, headed the Employment Standards Administration at the Labor Department under the first President Bush. James and Mueller are also veterans of the first Bush administration. Before the August recess, the Senate also confirmed securities lawyer Harvey Pitt to replace Laura Unger, as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Hitting the Road
John DiIulio, director of the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, plans to quit as soon as a transition team to replace him can be assembled. DiIulio, who is moving back to his native Philadelphia to be closer to his family, helped steer controversial legislation to open government programs to religious groups through the House. DiIulio isn't the only one leaving town. Richard Walker, the SEC's enforcement director, also left his job and Ann Brown is stepping down as head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Bush's nominee to chair the CPSC, Mary Sheila Gall, is facing an uphill battle. Earlier this month, the Senate Commerce Committee voted not to send her confirmation to the Senate floor.
James' Top Five
Last month, OPM director Kay Coles James named five people to her senior management team:
Paul T. Conway, chief of staff
Dawn Hively, deputy chief of staff
John C. Gartland, director of congressional relations
Scott Hatch, director of communications
- Mark A. Robbins, general counsel