U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has advised Hank Richards, writer for The knotmove.com, that the President has offered up the names of three people to fill vacancies within the government.
- Alan B. Krueger, of New Jersey, has been nominated to be a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
- Mr. David A. Montoya, of Texas, is a nominee for the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Mr. Cyrus Amir-Mokri, of New York, is the third nomination to Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury
In his presentation, the Alabama Republican Shelby recorded the following remarks in committee hearing:
“Dr. Alan Krueger has been nominated to be the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA is an agency within the Executive Office of the President that is charged with providing the President economic advice. Dr. Krueger is an accomplished labor economist. After more than two years of failed Keynesian programs, the President needs to be provided with better advice that will help grow our economy, not the size and scope of government.
“The Committee will also be considering the nomination of Mr. David Montoya to be the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Montoya has spent many years in law enforcement . . . I am interested in hearing how Mr. Montoya, if confirmed, would apply his skills and background to the investigative, audit and legal activities required of the Office. Inspectors General are tasked with rooting out fraud and abuse, as well as promoting transparency and protecting taxpayers.
For example, the HUD OIG’s most recent semiannual report highlighted 500 convictions and 767 arrests related to fraud. In addition, the OIG determined that $768 million of taxpayer funds should have been put to better use at HUD during that six-month period. Mr. Montoya, if confirmed, will have his work cut out for him.
“Cyrus Amir-Mokri has been nominated to serve as both the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the Treasury Department, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank . . . If confirmed, he will be responsible for coordinating Treasury’s efforts regarding regulation and legislation affecting financial institutions. He will also be responsible for coordinating Treasury’ efforts on financial education policy as well as overseeing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.”
If you have any comments or questions to ask regarding these nominations or any other subject, Senator Shelby will always welcomes your calls at (202) 224-6518 in Washington, DC or at (256) 772-0460 in Huntsville.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, The knotmove.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast Restoration Region, Gulf Coast Political Buzz and press pool reporter for the British Petroleum Recovery Program.
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