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U.S. Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Ohio Republican, resigns

October 20, 2017: U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi, Ohio Republican, is expected to resign soon to take an executive position at the private business consortium Ohio Business Roundtable. Tiberi, 54, could announce his plans to resign this week, the week of October 15-21, 2017. Republican officials said it is unclear when he intends to officially resign. Officials at the Ohio Business Roundtable announced in the summer of 2017 that the organization is looking for a president. Tiberi has represented Ohio’s 12th Congressional District since 2000. He is currently a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. The district includes communities north and east of Columbus. Tiberi was previously a Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000. After he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in journalism in 1985, Tiberi worked as a realtor for RE/MAX Achievers, a franchise of RE/MAX, located in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Ford Fuchigami appointed Administrative Director, Hawaii Governor's Office

  
October 20, 2017: Ford Fuchigami has been appointed as the Administrative Director at the Hawaii Governor’s Office, effective on Nov. 1, 2017. Fuchigami was most recently the Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). Fuchigami joined HDOT in January, 2011. He previously worked as an executive in the hospitality industry. HDOT Deputy Director Jade Butay has been appointed as the Acting Director of HDOT.

Kenneth Braithwaite nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Norway

  
October 20, 2017: Kenneth J. Braithwaite was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Norway yesterday, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Braithwaite, of Pennsylvania, is currently a group senior vice president for Vizient, a healthcare strategy and performance improvement company. Braithwaite retired from the military in 2011 after twenty-seven years with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve. He was the Navy’s Vice Chief of Information when he retired. He was previously the Commanding Officer for the Joint Public Affairs Expeditionary Support Element, Reserve, Joint Forces Command. In that post, he was deployed to Pakistan, where he worked as the Director of Strategic Communications at the U.S. Embassy. Braithwaite received his B.S degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, his pilot wings as a Naval Aviator and an M.G.A from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jade Butay appointed Acting Director, Hawaii Transportation Department

  
October 20, 2017: Ford Fuchigami has been appointed as the Administrative Director at the Hawaii Governor’s Office, effective on Nov. 1, 2017. Fuchigami was most recently the Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). Fuchigami joined HDOT in January, 2011. He previously worked as an executive in the hospitality industry. HDOT Deputy Director Jade Butay has been appointed as the Acting Director of HDOT.

Rohit Chopra nominated as Federal Trade Commission Member

  
October 20, 2017: Rohit Chopra was nominated as a Member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday, Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the rest of a seven-year term that ends on Sept. 25, 2019. Chopra, of New York, is currently a senior fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he works on consumer protection issues involving young people and military families. From 2010 to 2015, Chopra was an Assistant Director at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In 2016, Chopra was a Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education. Before he worked for the government, he worked as an associate at McKinsey and Company, where he worked in the financial services and consumer technology fields. Chopra received a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The FTC and CFPB are independent federal government agencies.

Janine Benner appointed Acting Director, Oregon Energy Department

  
October 20, 2017: Janine Benner has been appointed as the Acting Director of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) by Gov. Kate Brown, effective on Monday, October 30, 2017. Benner is the Oregon Energy Department’s Assistant Director, and she leads the Planning and Innovation team that works on statewide energy policies, including renewable energy, resiliency, and efficiency. As the ODOE Acting Director, Benner succeeds Michael Kaplan, who has been re-assigned as the Chief Operating Officer at the Oregon Treasury Department. An Oregon native, Benner joined ODOE in February, 2017, after more than sixteen years working in Washington, D.C. Before ODOE, Benner was appointed by former President Obama to the U.S. Department of Energy, where she was the Associate Assistant Secretary at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs. Before that, she was an Adviser to Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer for more than a decade, and she worked as his Deputy Chief of Staff. Benner received her bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University.

Joseph Simons nominated as Federal Trade Commission Member

  
October 20, 2017: Joseph Simons was nominated as a Member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Simons, of Virginia, was nominated for a seven-year term that starts on Sept. 26, 2017. If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Simons would be the FTC Chairman. Simons is currently a partner and co-chairman of the Antitrust Group at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. He was previously in charge of antitrust enforcement at the FTC, working as the Director of the Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003. Simons received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. The FTC is an independent federal government agency.