Appointments

• AGRICULTURE: Secretary Mike Johanns has appointed Bruce Richeson to be the Utah executive director of the Farm Service Agency.

• DEFENSE: President Bush has tapped Frances Wilson for a promotion to lieutenant general and nominated her to be president of the National Defense University.

• ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Bush has nominated Molly O’Neill to be assistant administrator for environmental information.

• FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras has appointed Kenneth Glazer and David Wales Jr. as deputy directors of the Bureau of Competition.

• INTERIOR: Bush has nominated Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) to replace Gale Norton as secretary. Norton has appointed Paul Hoffman as deputy assistant secretary for performance, accountability and human resources.

• LABOR: Secretary Elaine Chao has appointed Labor Department veteran Esther Johnson national director of the Office of Job Corps.

• SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Chairman Christopher Cox has appointed Donald Hoerl acting regional director of the commission’s Denver-based Central Regional Office.

• STATE: The president has nominated Senior Foreign Service member Michael Kirby to be ambassador to Moldova.

• TRANSPORTATION: Secretary Norman Mineta has named Jo Strang associate administrator for safety at the Federal Railroad Administration.

• TREASURY: Jonathan Weinberger, an attorney with experience in the Treasury and State departments, is the new executive secretary of the treasury.

• VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA): The president has designated Thomas Harvey as acting assistant secretary for congressional affairs. Longtime VA employee Keith Wilson is the new director of the Education Service.

• WHITE HOUSE: Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten will become chief of staff, replacing Andrew Card.

Bush has appointed Floyd Bloom and Nicholas Eberstadt to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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