October 8, 2001 |
When he takes the oath of office today as the nation's first director of the Office of Homeland Security, one day after the U.S. launched strikes on Afghanistan, former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge assumes a heavy burden: to keep the nation safe from future acts of terrorism. But critics say he faces another task that could prove just as difficult: taming the turf-conscious bureaucracy being marshaled to the nation's defense.
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August 25, 2001 |
California's top federal forester is being transferred to a new job, dismaying conservation groups who fear the move portends the dismantling of a plan to protect old-growth forests and fragile wildlife in the Sierra Nevada.
August 18, 2001 |
The director of President Bush's program to expand religious groups' role in providing social services said Friday that he will resign, the latest setback to an initiative that has been beleaguered from its start. The resignation of John J. DiIulio Jr. as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, while not entirely unexpected, nonetheless surprised many observers.
August 9, 2001 |
The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced her resignation Wednesday, marking the latest development in the highly contentious battle to determine who will lead the regulatory agency, a fight the Bush administration indicated is far from over. Ann W. Brown, a Democrat, said in an interview it is "important" that President Bush be allowed to select his own chairperson. Her resignation will take effect Nov.
August 1, 2001 |
Senators approved the nomination of former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms James Ziglar on Tuesday as the new Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner. Ziglar got a standing ovation from the senators after they approved his nomination by voice vote. "On behalf of the entire Senate, we wish Jim Ziglar well in his new role and new responsibilities," said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), whose sentiments were echoed by Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.).
July 21, 2001 |
Presidential advisor Karl Rove met with two lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry last month while he owned nearly $250,000 worth of stock in two drug companies, the White House acknowledged Friday. Rove had what the White House described as an introductory meeting June 5 with Alan F. Holmer, president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), a lobbyist whose clients include the pharmaceutical trade group.