…Update from Politico….
– Trump names Kan for DOT post: Trump has nominated Derek Kan, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be undersecretary for policy at DOT. Kan, who currently works for the ride-hailing company Lyft in Los Angeles, would serve as Secretary Elaine Chao’s No. 3 at the department if confirmed. Kan worked for McConnell, who is Chao’s husband, as a policy adviser from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves on the Amtrak board of directors, a post to which the Senate confirmed him in December 2015.
– Zinke taps two at Department of the Interior: Secretary Ryan Zinke has tapped two women for posts within the Interior Department, including a “beachhead” team member from the transition. Zinke named Katharine MacGregor as deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management. He’ll also appoint Aurelia Skipwith, co-founder of agricultural consulting firm AVC Global, as deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.
– New assistant secretary for international markets and development at Treasury: Trump plans to nominate financial services attorney Heath Tarbert. Tarbert heads the bank regulatory group at the law firm Allen & Overy and represents clients before federal regulatory agencies, including the SEC and the FDIC, according to his profile on the firm’s website. Before joining Allen & Overy in early 2014, he worked as a senior counsel and partner at the firm Weil Gotshal & Manges for about four years; served as special counsel to the Senate Banking Committee; and worked as associate counsel to President George W. Bush during the last six months of his presidency, at the start of the financial crisis.
– Undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes at Treasury: The White House announced late Tuesday that it has nominated Sigal Mandelker for the post. She’s a former DOJ and DHS official and partner at the law firm of Proskauer. More here.
– HHS staffs up: A slew of arrivals have landed at Health and Human Services in recent days. An HHS directory lists conservative health expert Jeffrey H. Anderson as director of HHS’ Office of Health Reform. Anderson worked as a speechwriter at HHS during the George W. Bush administration and most recently worked as a fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Additionally, John R. Graham, formerly senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, will be the principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. John M. O’Brien, who was previously vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will be a deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation.
– Quinn to USTR: White House trade adviser Andrew Quinn is being reassigned to the United States Trade Representative’s office, three administration officials told POLITICO. “The decision comes after Breitbart News and conservatives raised concerns about the White House’s decision to elevate Quinn, noting that he was the deputy chief negotiator of the TPP when he worked at USTR during the Obama administration. Trump is a strident opponent of the TPP and withdrew from the deal in January,” reports POLITICO’s Andrew Restuccia, Alex Isenstadt and Nahal Toosi….
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