Monday, January 23, 2006

Advocates-Turned-Regulators

Within 100 high-level officials under President Bush now help govern industries they once represented as lobbyists, lawyers or company advocates, a Denver Post analysis shows. My department, here is a selection of some of the appointees, but their jobs are now, and what positions they held previously.

COMMERCE

Samuel Wright Bodman, Deputy Secretary (left for treasury Post) background: chairman and CEO, Cabot chemicals and metals company.

Joseph Bogosian, deputy assistant secretary for transportation and machinery. Background: lobbyist for health care and energy companies. CSX freight transport Corp.

Donald L. Evans, Secretary. Background: CEO, Tom Brown energy company

Michael B. Gallagher, assistant secretary for communications and information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Kenneth I. Juster, undersecretary, bureau for industry and security. Background lawyer, Arnold and Porter, for international investments and arbitrations.

Bruce Mehlman, assistant secretary for technology policy (left office). Background: lobbyist for Cisco Systems Inc.

Nancy Victory, assistant secretary for communications and information (now at FCC). Background: lobbyist for personal communications industry.

DEFENSE

Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary for reserve affairs. Background: lobbyist Naval Research Association.

Gordon R. England, Navy secretary. Background: Executive Vice President, General Dynamics Corp.

Douglas J. Feith, undersecretary for policy. Background: lobbyist for Loral Spacecom, Northrop.

Powell Moore, assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Background: lobbyist Loral Corp. And communications.

Paul Michael Parker, assistant army secretary for Office of Civil Works (left office). Background: lobbyist, CSX freight transportation.

Richard Perle, chairman, Defense Policy Board (left office). Background: consultant, Global Crossing.

James Roche, Air Force secretary. Background: Vice President, Northrop Grumman defense company.

Marvin R. Sambur, assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition. Background: CEO of ITT defense.

Peter Teets, Air Force undersecretary for space-operations procurement. Background: president, Lockheed Martin

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Marianne L. Horinko, assistant administrator for Office of Solid Waste in Emergency Response. Background: president, Clay Associates I'm a environmental policy consultants.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Kathleen Abernathy, commissioner. Background: lobbyist for AirTouch and US West.

Michael Powell, chairman. Background: telecommunications law with O'Melveny & Myers.

HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Sydney Taurel, member. Background: chairman, Eli Lilly.

INTERIOR

David L. Bernhardt, director of congressional and legislative affairs. Background: lobbyist for Delta Petroleum Corp., Timid-Titanium Metals Corp.

Kit Kimball, director of intergovernmental and external affairs. Background: lobbyist, Western Regional Council for business interests.

Gail Norton, Secretary. Background: lobbyists, NL Industries chemical company.

Bennett William Raley, assistant secretary for water and science. Background: lobbyist with Trout and Raley in Denver representing water districts.

Patricia Lynn Scarlett, assistant secretary and chief financial officer. Background: president of Reason Foundation, funded by American Forest and Paper Association, the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron, Dow Chemical, others.

JUSTICE

Thomas Sansonetti, assistant attorney general for environment and natural resources. Background: lobbyist national mining association and energy companies.

LABOR

David Daniel Lauriski, assistant secretary, mine safety and health. Background: executive with East Mining Company.

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

Stephen Hatley, deputy national security adviser (now with Agency for International Development). Background: lawyer-lobbyist, represented Lockheed Martin.

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Mitch Daniels, director (reside, running for Indiana Gov.). Background: senior vice president, Eli Lilly.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Harvey Pitt, chairman (left office). Background: lawyer at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson for accounting firms.

TRANSPORTATION

Jeffrey Shane, undersecretary for policy. Background: lawyer representing airline interests.

Read Van de Water, assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs (left for National Science Foundation). Background: lobbyist for Northwest Airlines, Business Roundtable.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Ann Veneman, Secretary. Background: lawyer-lobbyist for food companies

VETERANS AFFAIRS

Anthony Principi, Secretary. Background: head of QTC Medical Services Inc., with VA contracts.

WHITE HOUSE STAFF

Doug Badger, senior health policy adviser and now deputy assistant trade representative. Background: lobbyist for pharmaceutical companies.

Randall Tobias, coordinator for international AIDS assistance. Background: chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly.

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