By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – October 30, 2013
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) October 30, 2013
October 30, 2013
01:23 PM EDT
The USO provides many opportunities to share our gratitude and thanks with a military family. Find out ways to get involved and share your message of thanks with a military family that will get delivered by the USO.
Yesterday, Dr. Jill Biden welcomed Senate and military spouses to the Vice President’s Residence to assemble more than 1,500 USO Warrior Care Packs for wounded, ill and injured troops. These special kits were filled with toiletry items most requested – and needed – by our healing heroes. The lip balm, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, towels and razors will be combined with t-shirts, pants and blankets to provide troops with items to comfort and remind them of home during the recovery process. The USO is well known for their care packages, having shipped millions to troops around the globe in the past decade.
Dr. Biden and the spouses moved through the assembly line often packing two to three kits at a time. In true Joining Forces spirit, the Senate spouses in attendance represented both sides of the aisle and the military spouses represented all branches of the military.
The majority of the USO Warrior Care Packs will be sent to USO Centers throughout Afghanistan as well as the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany— often the first stop for wounded troops on their journey back to the United States.
The USO has had the privilege of working with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden on many occasions in support of their Joining Forces initiative. They have hosted events supporting military mothers, spouses, children and most recently welcomed the 2013 USO Service Member Honorees to the White House to recognize them for their bravery and service.
For more than 72 years, the USO has been lifting the spirits of America’s service members and their families. The USO provides critical support to our military communities through an array of comprehensive programs that have continued to adapt to meet the changing needs of our military communities. With more than 160 locations worldwide and 1,700 family programs, their broad reach and valuable resources have touched the lives of millions.
12:45 PM EDT
There has been a lot of media attention, and some misleading attacks from critics, about some recent notices from insurance companies about changes in some people’s insurance plans.
Press Secretary Jay Carney took this question head-on yesterday. He made some key points:
- More than three out of every four Americans gets insurance from their employer, Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. These notices have been sent only to some of the 5% of Americans who get insurance on the individualinsurance market.
- Americans who are currently on the individual market stand to benefit the most from the Affordable Care Act. Even those receiving notices of “cancellation” will be able to enroll in a new plan that does not discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, does not deny them key benefits like maternity, mental health, or prescription drug coverage, and cannot drop you when you’re sick.
- Americans in the individual market who have a plan that hasn’t been changed by their insurance company (an all-too-familiar occurrence for many) can keep their plan if they choose, even though a plan with better benefits is likely available.
Watch his response to the question below, or read the transcript below the fold:
MR. CARNEY: I appreciate the question and I thank you for the opportunity to explain this. And I understand that there’s a lot of attention being focused on it and that it deserves fuller explanation — and I think fuller explanation by us and fuller explanation by everybody reporting on it, so that viewers and readers and listeners are getting the full picture about this issue.
So let’s step back. If you are one of the 80 percent of the American people who receive insurance coverage through your employer or through Medicaid or Medicare or the Veterans Administration, this conversation doesn’t apply to you. These reports do not apply to you. If you’re one of the 15 percent of the American people who are uninsured entirely right now, this conversation does not apply to you. So what we’re talking about here is the 5 percent in the country who currently purchase insurance on the individual market.
And that market has been like the Wild West. It has been under regulated. It is the place where Americans have most keenly felt the challenges posed by the insurance system in this country, where, for example, insurers could deny you coverage if you have a preexisting condition, or they could offer you coverage that in its fine print excluded benefits specifically related to your preexisting condition. So if you have hypertension or you’re a cancer survivor, they could carve out coverage on those specific issues and then give you a plan that would cover you on other things.
They could also, and did, routinely, change your plan or eliminate it altogether, annually. They could throw you off. They could jack up your premiums. They could change your coverage. And one of the issues that the Affordable Care Act was designed to address was the need to provide greater security to those Americans who had no other option but to seek insurance on the individual market.
So that’s the universe we’re talking about: 5 percent of the population. And I think it’s important to know that, because in some of the coverage of this issue in the last several days, you would think that you were talking about 75 percent or 80 percent or 60 percent of the American population. So there’s that.
As the law says, and as the President made clear in the statements that you cite, if you had insurance coverage on the individual market when the Affordable Care Act was passed into law and you liked that plan and you wanted to stay on it, even though it didn’t meet the minimum standards that the Affordable Care Act would bring into place on January 1, 2014, you can keep the coverage. You’re grandfathered in. That plan and your association with it are grandfathered in, in perpetuity — not for a year, not for five years, but forever.
But what is not the case is if your insurer basically threw you off that plan by telling you after a year or two that it was changing and said, here’s your new option because your plan has changed, that that new plan is grandfathered in. Because how could that be? You can’t grandfather in a plan in 2010 that didn’t come into existence until 2012 or 2011?
10:56 AM EDT
Ben Rhodes is Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Two weeks ago, the United States government teamed up with the Government of Malaysia, which hosted the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur. President Obama hosted the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, DC in 2010, after he announced the initiative in a speech he delivered in Cairo in 2009. In those remarks, he spoke to the importance of supporting and promoting entrepreneurs at home and overseas. Innovation and entrepreneurship are cornerstones of the U.S. economy and can serve as a way of unlocking economic potential and lifting people out of poverty all over the world. Promoting entrepreneurship globally can help build more stable societies, grow markets for American goods, and advance a fundamental American value.
This year’s summit was the largest ever and brought together over 3000 entrepreneurs, investors, academics, startup organizers, business people, and government officials from more than 100 countries. They went head-to-head in pitch competitions, participated in round table discussions, and learned from some of the best-known entrepreneurs in the world. President Obama delivered remarks through a video message to the Summit, and Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker represented the United States and met with several young, inspired entrepreneurs themselves. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry explained why promoting entrepreneurship is so important to the Obama Administration:
Supporting your creativity and persistence is a key component of our foreign policy agenda – which today, more than ever before, is about economic policy, too. When entrepreneurs here in Malaysia succeed, I’ll tell you something; they create economic opportunity for Malaysians, of course, but also for people all over the world, including in the United States.
Americans benefit from the success of small businesses around the world through trading and collaborating with them, and by using their goods and services. So President Obama is going to continue doing everything he can to support young people who want to turn their ideas into businesses or non-profit organizations.
In this spirit, the United States announced several new initiatives to continue the President’s efforts to support entrepreneurs globally. These include the creation of the President’s Committee on Global Entrepreneurship, which will connect some of the United States’ most successful business leaders with the next generation of entrepreneurs around the globe. We are also teaming up with UP Global to train and support 500,000 new entrepreneurs in 1000 cities around the world over the next three years. Finally, the United States is supporting the creation of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), which will help government officials institute policies and practices that enable entrepreneurship. These efforts will not only promote stronger startup communities abroad; they will also build on the Administration’s Startup America initiative to accelerate the success of home-grown entrepreneurs across the country. To learn more, read the Global Entrepreneurship Summit fact sheet and watch the President’s video message to the summit:
October 29, 2013
04:15 PM EDT
J. Michael Daniel is the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Dr. Patrick Gallagher is the Director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.
- President Obama, February 12, 2013
U.S. national and economic security depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. In recognition of that dependence, President Obama issued an executive order in February 2013 to increase our critical infrastructure’s capabilities to manage cyber risk; the order focuses on information sharing, privacy, and the adoption of cybersecurity practices. In support of this goal, the order directed the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to convene industry and other stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks.
Today we are pleased to announce the start of the 45-day public comment period for the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. This announcement represents an important milestone in this collaborative effort to develop the framework, and the feedback received during this period will inform the final version.
Already over the past eight months, individuals and organizations throughout the country have provided their thoughts on the standards, best practices, and guidelines that would meaningfully improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Some have already begun leveraging drafts of the framework to communicate with their executives and have provided feedback from their experience. Once implemented, the framework would provide businesses, their suppliers, their customers, and government agencies a common language and methodology for determining how they can best protect themselves.
The framework aligns practices from existing standards and guidelines by organizing desired cybersecurity outcomes into functions that aid in communications, align with existing methodologies for incident management, and can be used to help show the impact of investments in cybersecurity. Organizations can use the framework to describe their current cybersecurity posture, as well as their target state for cybersecurity. It can also help companies identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement and assess progress toward their goals.
Thanks to the tremendous amount of input received, we believe the Preliminary Framework provides a flexible, dynamic approach to securing critical infrastructure services by strengthening capabilities to manage cyber risks. While this represents a big step in our efforts to better protect critical infrastructure from cybersecurity threats, there’s still much work to do. We ask for your continued engagement to support further revisions, and invite you to review and test the Preliminary Framework over the 45-day comment period. Your feedback is critical to helping improve the next version of the framework.
NIST will hold a workshop to discuss the Preliminary Framework—including its implementation and future governance—Nov. 14 and 15, 2013, at North Carolina State University. Visit http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/5th-cybersecurity-framework-workshop-november-14-15-2013.cfm for more information and to register.
Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:
Robert C. Barber, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iceland.
Nani A. Coloretti, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury, vice Daniel M. Tangherlini, resigned.
Bathsheba Nell Crocker, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs), vice Esther Brimmer, resigned.
Jonathan Elkind, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs), vice David B. Sandalow, resigned.
Mark Gilbert, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand.
Joseph S. Hezir, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy, vice Steven Jeffrey Isakowitz, resigned.
Tina S. Kaidanow, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large, vice Daniel Benjamin, resigned.
William A. LaPlante, Jr., of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, vice Sue C. Payton.
Theodore Reed Mitchell, of California, to be Under Secretary of Education, vice Martha J. Kanter.
Massie Ritsch, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education, vice Peter Cunningham.
Charles Hammerman Rivkin, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Economic and Business Affairs), vice Jose W. Fernandez, resigned.
Rhea Sun Suh, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, vice Thomas L. Strickland, resigned.
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
· Robert C. Barber – Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, Department of State
· Nani A. Coloretti – Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury
· Bathsheba N. Crocker – Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Department of State
· Jonathan Elkind – Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Department of Energy
· Mark D. Gilbert – Ambassador to New Zealand, Department of State
· Joseph Hezir – Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy
· Tina S. Kaidanow – Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State
· William A. LaPlante, Jr. – Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Department of Defense
· Ted Mitchell – Under Secretary, Department of Education
· Massie Ritsch – Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education
· Charles H. Rivkin – Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State
· Rhea Suh – Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, Department of the Interior
President Obama said, “I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Robert C. Barber, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, Department of State
Robert C. Barber is an attorney with the law firm Looney & Grossman LLP, where he has worked since 1981. He became a partner in 1985 and served as managing partner from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Mr. Barber was an Assistant District Attorney for New York County from 1977 to 1981, and a Law Clerk in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Boston and Brooklyn from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Barber served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee, including the New England Steering Committee from 2007 to 2008 and Chair of the New England Steering Committee from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Barber has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Social Law Library since 1998. He is a Trustee of Phillips Brooks House Association and a Director of Abbot Academy Association. Mr. Barber received an A.B. from Harvard College, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an M.C.P. from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Nani A. Coloretti, Nominee for Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury
Nani A. Coloretti is the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a position she has held since November 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget. Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Coloretti worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s office from 2005 until 2009, most recently serving as Budget Director. Previously, Ms. Coloretti served as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Coloretti worked as a Health Financing Branch Budget Examiner for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1997. She was a Budget Analyst for the Department of Public Safety in the State of Hawaii from 1991 to 1992. Ms. Coloretti is a recipient of the National Public Service Award, the Public Policy and International Affairs Achievement Award, and the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Ms. Coloretti received a B.A. in Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Bathsheba N. Crocker, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Department of State
Bathsheba N. Crocker is the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State (DOS), a position she has held since 2011. Previously at DOS, she served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Crocker was a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for International Affairs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office from 2007 to 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Crocker was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the UN Special Envoy at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Ms. Crocker worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project as a Fellow and Co-Director from 2003 to 2005 and as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2002 to 2003. Ms. Crocker was an Attorney-Adviser for the Office of the Legal Advisor at DOS from 2001 to 2002 and from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2001, she was Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Southeast Europe Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy. From 1999 to 2000, Ms. Crocker was Executive Assistant to the Deputy National Security Advisor for the National Security Council at the White House. She has served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and American University. Ms. Crocker received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jonathan Elkind, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Department of Energy
Jonathan Elkind is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a position he has held since 2009. Previously, from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Elkind was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution. Additionally, from 2002 to 2009, he was a Principal with Eastlink Consulting, LLC. Mr. Elkind was a Senior Researcher for the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2001 to 2002. He served in several capacities in the White House from 1996 to 2001, including: Director of Russian, Ukranian, and Eurasian Affairs for the National Security Council from 1998 to 2001 and Special Advisor for International Affairs within the Office of the Vice President from 1996 to 1998. He also held roles at DOE from 1993 to 1996 and the Council on Environmental Quality from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Elkind received a A.B. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Mark D. Gilbert, Nominee for Ambassador to New Zealand, Department of State
Mark D. Gilbert is a Director at Barclays Wealth (formerly Lehman Brothers) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Gilbert was the Senior Vice President of Goldman Sachs in Miami from 1989 to 1996 and the Senior Vice President Sales Manager of Drexel Burnham Lambert in Boca Raton from 1986 to 1989. Mr. Gilbert was the Democratic National Committee’s Deputy National Finance Chair from 2009 to 2013. He served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee from 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2012, and was a member of the Presidential Inaugural Finance Committee in 2009. Mr. Gilbert was Finance Chairman and Advisor to the Klein for Congress Campaign from 2005 to 2006 and was a Trustee on the National Finance Committee for Kerry for President in 2004. Before beginning his business career, Mr. Gilbert was a professional baseball player for several years and played in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Mr. Gilbert received a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University.
Joseph Hezir, Nominee for Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy
Joseph Hezir is a Research Engineer and the Executive Director of The Future of Solar Energy Study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, positions he has held since 2009. Since 1992, he has also been the Vice President and Managing Partner of EOP Group, Inc. as well as Executive Vice President of EOP Education, LLC and EOP Foundation, Inc. Mr. Hezir served at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Science from 1986 to 1992, and as Chief of the Non-Nuclear Energy Branch from 1982 to 1986. He held various roles at OMB, Exxon Research and Engineering Company, the President’s Reorganization Project, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1973 to 1986. Mr. Hezir received a B.S. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ambassador Tina S. Kaidanow, Nominee for Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State
Ambassador Tina S. Kaidanow, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. Prior to this, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from 2011 to 2012 and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2009 to 2011. From 2006 to 2009, Ambassador Kaidanow was Chief of Mission and Principal Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. She became the first U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo in July 2008, and served in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2003 to 2006. From 2000 to 2002, she was Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, and from 1999 to 2000 she was Director for Southeast European Affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. From 1998 to 1999, she was Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Kosovo at U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia, and prior to that she spent tours as a political officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998 and Serbia from 1995 to 1997. Ambassador Kaidanow joined the Foreign Service in 1994. She received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Phil. from Columbia University.
Dr. William A. LaPlante, Jr., Nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Department of Defense
Dr. William A. LaPlante, Jr. is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, a position he has held since May 2013. Previously, from 2011 to 2013, Dr. LaPlante was Missile Defense Portfolio Director at the MITRE Corporation. He began his career at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 1985 and served in various capacities until 2011, including Global Engagement Department Head, Business Area Executive for Undersea Warfare and National Security Technology Associate Department Head, and the Strategic Submarine Security Program Area Manager. Dr. LaPlante was appointed to the Defense Science Board in 2010. He has also been a member of the USSTRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Catholic University of America. Dr. LaPlante received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.
Dr. Ted Mitchell, Nominee for Under Secretary, Department of Education
Dr. Ted Mitchell is currently the CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a position he has held since 2005. In addition, Dr. Mitchell served as President of the NewSchools Venture Fund from 2005 to 2013. Prior to this, Dr. Mitchell served as President of Occidental College from 1999 to 2005. He previously worked at the University of California at Los Angeles, serving as Vice Chancellor for External Affairs from 1997 to 1998, Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Budget from 1996 to 1997, and Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies from 1992 to 1998. He was Deputy to the President and to the Provost of Stanford University from 1991 to 1992. Dr. Mitchell was Chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College from 1989 to 1991. Dr. Mitchell received a B.A. in History and Economics, an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University.
Massie Ritsch, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education
Massie Ritsch is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach at the Department of Education, a position he has held since 2009. He served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach from 2012 to 2013. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Ritsch was the Communications Director for the Center for Responsive Politics, where he helped oversee www.OpenSecrets.org. From 2003 to 2005, he was Vice President of Sugerman Communications Group. Mr. Ritsch began his career as a politics and education reporter for The Los Angeles Times from 1998 to 2003. He received a B.A. from Princeton University.
Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State
Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin is the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, a position he has held since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, Ambassador Rivkin was the President and CEO of W!LDBRAIN, an award-winning film and television show production company. From 1988 to 2003, he served in various roles for The Jim Henson Company, most recently as the President and CEO. Previously, Ambassador Rivkin was an analyst in Corporate Finance at Salomon Brothers from 1984 to 1986. Before his service as Ambassador, he served on the boards of various companies and organizations, including Save the Children from 1997 to 2003 and Chrysalis from 1996 to 2002. From 1996 to 2009, he was a Member of the Young Presidents Organization and from 2007 to 2009 he was a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Ambassador Rivkin received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rhea Suh, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, Department of the Interior
Rhea Suh is the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, Ms. Suh was the Program Officer and Manager of the Western Conservation Subprogram of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 2007 to 2009. From 1998 to 2007, Ms. Suh was the Program Officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program, and from 1993 to 1996 she served as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Ms. Suh received a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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