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Preston Rutledge nominated as Labor Department Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration

October 16, 2017: Preston Rutledge was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Rutledge, of Washington, D.C., is currently the Senior Tax and Benefits Counsel on the Majority Tax Staff at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where he works on employee benefits, retirement issues, tax-exempt organizations, health tax issues and the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Before he joined the Finance Committee, Rutledge was a Senior Tax Law Specialist at the Headquarters Staff of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also worked as a Senior Technical Reviewer at the Qualified Pension Plans Branch at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Rutledge received his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law, and he received an L.L.M. in taxation, including a certificate in employee benefits law, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Kathleen White appointed Member, White House Council on Environmental Quality

  
October 16, 2017: Kathleen H. White was nominated as a Member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Thursday, October 12, 2017. If she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, White, of Bastrop County, Texas, would then be appointed as the Council’s Chairman, according to the White House. White is currently a distinguished senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. From 2001 to 2007, she was the Chairman and a Commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. White was previously the Director of the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas Water Development Board, the Environmental Flows Advisory Group, the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission and the Texas Emissions Reduction Advisory Board. White received her master’s degree from Stanford University.

Alex Beehler nominated as Defense Department Assistant Secretary, Energy, Installations and Environment

  
October 16, 2017: Alex A. Beehler was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment at the U.S. Army on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Beehler, of Maryland, is currently the president of Alex A. Beehler and Co., LLC, an independent environmental and energy consulting company. He is also a Member of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network Council, and a visiting scholar at the Environment and Energy Management Institute at George Washington University. Beehler was previously a senior adviser at FaegreBD Consulting and an executive vice president at Plexus Logistics International. He was also an Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment and an Assistant Deputy Under Secretary and Principal Deputy to the Deputy Under Secretary for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health at the U.S. Department of Defense. Beehler graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

James McPherson nominated as U.S. Army General Counsel

  
October 16, 2017: James E. McPherson was nominated as the General Counsel of the U.S. Army on Thursday, October 12, 2017. McPherson, of Virginia, was most recently the executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General. McPherson was previously the General Counsel of the Defense Department’s Counterintelligence Field Activity office. McPherson is a retired Rear Admiral. His final assignment was as the 39th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy. McPherson has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. McPherson received his master of laws degree from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army; and he received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Mark Marin appointed Chief of Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee

  
October 16, 2017: Jennifer Brown has resigned as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee. She resigned to take a job overseeing federal affairs for Texas Tech. Brown previously worked for U.S. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, for nearly thirty years, at his House office and for the committee. She is scheduled to remain in Washington, D.C., at her new job. Mark Marin has been appointed to succeed Brown at the Science Committee as the Chief of Staff. He was most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Jennifer Brown resigns as Chief of Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee

  
October 16, 2017: Jennifer Brown has resigned as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee. She resigned to take a job overseeing federal affairs for Texas Tech. Brown previously worked for U.S. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, for nearly thirty years, at his House office and for the committee. She is scheduled to remain in Washington, D.C., at her new job. Mark Marin has been appointed to succeed Brown at the Science Committee as the Chief of Staff. He was most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Xavier Williams named President, Government Solutions, AT&T

  
October 13, 2017: Kay Kapoor is scheduled to resign soon as the President of Government Solutions at AT&T. Xavier Williams, a longtime AT&T executive and the former director of Federal Sales, has been hired to succeed Kapoor. Kapoor has held the post since March, 2013. Williams has worked at AT&T since 1990. He’s worked in several positions, including Executive Vice President of Global Customer Service and President of National Business. Since April, 2017, Williams has been AT&T’s President of Business Operations. Before coming to AT&T, Kapoor was the chief executive officer of Accenture Federal Services, had a short tenure at ITT, where she was a vice president of the company’s Advanced Information Systems, and she spent twenty years at Lockheed Martin, where she was a Vice President and deputy of the company’s Federal Civilian business.