Appointments

• Cynthia Attwood has been nominated to become a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Attwood has spent her career as a lawyer and judge, with much of her time focused on the administration and enforcement of federal occupational safety and health laws. She served for three years as an administrative appeals judge on the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board.

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• Obama has nominated Sandford Blitz for federal co-chairman of the Northern Border Regional Commission. He is the founder and principal of Emesbee Associates, where he works with public and private entities to help them secure grants and loans. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

• Douglas Criscitello has been nominated for chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Criscitello is a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also been an executive director at JPMorgan Securities Inc.

• Emil Fish and former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) have been nominated to join the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Fish is the founder and president of the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee. In addition, he owns and operates Fish Construction Co. Inc. and Regency Park Senior Living Inc. in California. Pressler’s 18-years career in the Senate included a stint as chairman of the Commerce Committee. He also twice served as a congressional delegate to the United Nations. Pressler was a Rhodes scholar and served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.