Senate sends 13 nominations back to White House

The Senate Thursday night confirmed more than 50 executive nominations by unanimous consent, but it "returned" 13 nominations, including some of the most high-profile officials, meaning they must be renominated.

Senate rules require dropping nominations during an adjournment if there is no agreement to keep them on the calendar. A unanimous consent agreement that kept other nominations pending allowed the 13 to be returned.

The 13 include Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick and National Labor Relations Board member Craig Becker. President Obama gave both recess appointments, but Democrats are seeking full terms despite some GOP opposition.

Others include Peter Diamond for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Mary Smith for an assistant Attorney General position, Jeffrey Goldstein for Treasury, and Alan Bersin for Customs Commissioner in the Homeland Security Department.

Among the five judges' names returned are two strongly opposed by Republicans: Goodwin Liu, a law professor nominated to an appellate court judgeship, and John McConnell, a district court nominee.

A White House spokesman did not say Friday whether the nominees will be nominated again. All would require committee approval as well. Democrats won confirmation Thursday of four judges out of 21 on the Senate calendar, in addition to confirming Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.