Appointments

• President Obama intends to nominate
Mignon Clyburn to another term as commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission. She is the daughter of Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking Democrat in the House, and previously served for more than 10 years as a representative on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.

The president has nominated Greta Christine Holtz to be ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. Holtz is a deputy assistant secretary of State at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she focuses on public diplomacy and strategic communications. The career member of the Senior Foreign Service previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as director for provincial affairs.

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The president nominated Alexander Laskaris to be ambassador to the Republic of Guinea. Laskaris is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the class of counselor. He currently serves as the consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq. Before that, he worked on the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq, as a team leader and as deputy chief of mission for the U.S. embassy in Kosovo and Burundi.

The president nominated Walter Shaub for director of the Office of Government Ethics. Shaub has been the office’s deputy general counsel since 2008 and was a supervisory attorney at the office prior to that. Shaub has also held a staff attorney position in a variety of federal agencies, including the Veterans Affairs central office and the Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel.

President Obama has nominated Marcie Ries to be the ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria. Ries serves the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance as principal deputy assistant secretary of State. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with class of career-minister. Ries previously held several positions in the State Department, including principal deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, minister-counselor for political military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and ambassador to the Republic of Albania.