By The Hill Staff - 09/10/09 10:46 PM EDT
• Ron Bloom is the administration’s new senior counselor for manufacturing policy, also known as the manufacturing czar. Bloom also retains his role as senior adviser to the Treasury secretary on the auto task force. As czar, Bloom will work closely with the National Economic Council.
• Obama nominated Cynthia Quarterman to be the administrator of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety at the Transportation Department. Quarterman is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson. She has also served as a director of the Minerals Management Service within the Interior Department.