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June 23, 2017: Rosemary C. Harold was appointed as the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Harold is a lawyer with experience at the FCC and in private practice, and she is a former journalist. As the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Harold will work with Michael Carowitz, who was recently the Bureau’s Acting Chief, and will continue in his post as the Bureau’s Deputy Chief. Harold rejoins the FCC from the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, where she was a partner. Before she joined the law firm in 2011, Harold was a Legal Adviser to then-FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell for media and broadband issues and the Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau. She started her career as a journalist, working as a reporter and bureau chief for The Miami Herald and as an editor at C-SPAN. Harold worked at the FCC from 2005 to 2011. Before she worked for the government, Harold’s work in private practice included FCC regulatory proceedings in the media, satellite, and wireless areas, diversity and EEO matters at the FCC and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and First Amendment commercial speech matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and federal appellate courts. She started her career as a journalist. During law school, she was a columnist for the ABA Student Lawyer magazine. Harold received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her master’s degree from the University of Missouri. The FCC Enforcement Bureau manages FCC work enforcing the Communications Act, FCC rules, and various licensing terms and conditions. The FCC is an independent federal government agency.
June 23, 2017: Paul G. Feinman was confirmed on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, by the New York State Senate as a Judge on the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Feinman, 57, was confirmed one week after he was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On the Court of Appeals, Feinman succeeds Shiela Abdus-Salaam, who died in April, 2017. Feinman was most recently a New York State Supreme Court Judge for Manhattan. In New York State, the Court of Appeals is a higher court than the State Supreme Court. Feinman received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. After he graduated, he started his law career as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, first in Nassau County and then in New York City. Within two years, he had landed a job as the Court Lawyer for Judge Angela Mazzarelli, remaining with her for seven and a half years as she moved from the trial courts to the appellate division. Feinman handily won a contested election for Civil Court judge in 1996 and was soon working as an Acting Supreme Court Judge. He won an election for that seat in 2007, and Cuomo promoted him in 2012 to the State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.
June 23, 2017: Caroline Beasley has been named the Chairman of the Joint Radio-TV Board at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Beasley is the chief executive officer of The Beasley Media Group. In her new post, Beasley succeeds Dave Lougee, of Tegna Media, which was previously Gannett TV. Randy Gravley has been named the Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. The Radio Board’s First and Second Vice Chairmen remain Mary Quass, of NRG Media, and Beth Neuhoff, of Neuhoff Communications. And also at the Radio Board, Cox Media Group president Kim Guthrie has been named to fill the Major Group Representative seat. The NAB is a private, non-governmental radio and television industry association.
June 23, 2017: Sigal Mandelker was confirmed as the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Mandelker, of New York, was nominated on March 14, 2017. Mandelker, of New York, is currently a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. She previously held senior law enforcement and national security posts at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Her previous posts included Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department Criminal Division; Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; and Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Sigal received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
June 23, 2017: Tom Brandt has been appointed as the Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Kansas Republican. Brandt previously worked in communications for Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas Republican; and for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican.
June 23, 2017: A. Wayne Johnson was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Student Aid Office (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, June 20, 2017. Johnson has worked in the finance field for more than thirty years. Johnson is the founder, chairman and the former chief executive officer of First Performance Corporation, a global payment card technology platform company. Johnson’s business experience includes working as a senior executive with TSYS, First Data, VISA, Deloitte and as a chief executive officer for companies in the banking and information processing sectors. A native of Macon, Ga., Johnson received a Ph.D. from Mercer University and an MBA from Emory University. He also worked as an officer in the U.S. Army. FSA currently serves 42 million student loan borrowing clients and administers more than $1.4 trillion in current outstanding Federal Student Loan balances.
June 23, 2017: Thomas G. Bowman was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bowman, of Florida, is currently the Majority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He previously held several senior-level positions at VA from 2005 to 2009, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; Deputy Chief of Staff; and Chief of Staff. Bowman retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel after thirty years in the military. He received his law degree from Western New England College.