Reg Watch

• President Obama nominated Thomas Hart Armbruster to be ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Armbruster is a diplomat-in-residence at City College in New York. He is a Senior Foreign Service career member with the class of counselor and previously served as the consul general in Russia. He has also served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

• The president has nominated David Bruce Wharton for ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. Wharton is the deputy assistant secretary for public diplomacy within the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department. The career member of the Senior Foreign Service holds the class of minister-counselor and previously worked for the Bureau of African Affairs as director of the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Before that, he served as deputy coordinator within the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs.

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• President Obama intends to appoint the Rev. William Shaw as a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Shaw is pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where he has served since 1956. He has served on the commission since June 2010 and was previously president of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

• The president intends to appoint Caitlin Durkovich to be the Homeland Security Department’s assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. Durkovich works for the department as the national protection and programs directorate. Before that, she worked for Abrams Learning & Information Systems Inc. as the emergency management programs director, and for Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate.

• The president chose to appoint Ellen Peel to be the United States commissioner within the International Commission of Atlantic Tunas. Peel works for the Billfish Foundation as president. Before that, she worked for the Center for Marine Conservation as acting regional director. She currently is a member of several fisheries groups, including the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Advisory Panel for Highly Migratory Species and the Advisory Committee to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.