This is an important appointment:
The Senate confirmed President Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, agreed to stop blocking the vote amid bipartisan criticism that the agency was left vulnerable with hurricane season just a few weeks away. The nominee, Craig Fugate, a former chief of emergency management in Florida, was approved on a voice vote. Mr. Vitter agreed to lift the hold he had put on the confirmation after FEMA officials said they would give him regular updates on questions involving reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Transparency is a key criterion toward accountability and performance management. It’s a good thing that Vitter got his diapers in a bunch about it. I know little about Mr. Fugate, but he definitely comes from a place where disaster management experience would have been vital.
In other news on the administration, please join me in congratulating my friend Daniel Ginsberg on his nomination for Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense:
Daniel Ginsberg is currently Senior Defense Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Serving as a legislative assistant to the senior Senator from Vermont since 1999, Ginsberg assists Senator Leahy with his work as a top member of the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and as the co-chair of the U.S. Senate National Guard Caucus. Previously, Ginsberg served on the staff of U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services during the chairmanship of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. Mr. Ginsberg has held various positions at RAND, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and the United States Mission to NATO. In addition to completing studies at the London School of Economics and a yearlong fellowship at the University of Chicago, Ginsberg holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Daniel is a dedicated, thoughtful public servant who embodies the qualities a strong leader should exhibit. He is also something of a Renaissance man–writer of learned columns on classical music and opera for the Washington Post, a serious amateur photographer, and a connoisseur of food and wine. Daniel and Jessica are dear friends, and he is an excellent choice for the position.