Confirmed: Feierstein, Biswal, Lobo, Alemayehou and Orr

The following Executive Nominations were confirmed by the Senate on September 16, 2010:

PN1769 *      UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Mark Feierstein, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United
States Agency for International Development.

PN1951 *      UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Nisha Desai Biswal, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Administrator
of the United States Agency for International Development.

PN1452 *      BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Richard M. Lobo, of Florida, to be Director of the International Broadcasting
Bureau, Broadcasting Board of Governors.

PN1546 *      OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION
Mimi E. Alemayehou, of the District of Columbia, to be Executive Vice President of
the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

PN1575 *      ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Robert M. Orr, of Florida, to be United States Director of the Asian Development
Bank, with the rank of Ambassador.

CONFIRMATIONS — (Senate – September 16, 2010)
[Page: S7186]  GPO’s PDF


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Thomas Nides: to succeed Jack Lew as State’s Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources?

Via Bloomberg —

Thomas Nides, Morgan Stanley’s chief administrative officer and chief operating officer, is in talks to take a job in the U.S. State Department, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Nides, 49, is a candidate for deputy secretary of state for management and resources, according to the person, who declined to be identified because talks are ongoing. The job is held by Jacob Lew, who was tapped to be the next leader of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Nides hasn’t taken the position and remains at Morgan Stanley, the person said.

Nides was chief of staff for Connecticut Democratic U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman’s failed vice-presidential campaign in 2000 and worked for former House Speaker Thomas Foley. He’s an ally of Morgan Stanley Chairman John Mack, having been Mack’s CAO at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Active links added above. Read the whole thing here.

You can view his Forbes profile here.

Al Kamen is hearing that Nides is Lew’s likely successor.  If Nides is the man, he’s going to face a deeper pay cut from his $3,143,382.00 job than the outgoing D/MR. The Deputy Secretary of State earns just $177,000 a year year

Stay tuned.


Somebody hacks the French Foreign Ministry’s Tweets; now vacancy for two Web 2.0 project managers

Via France 24:

The Twitter account of the French ministry of foreign affairs was the victim of cyber-piracy on Thursday, sending thousands of subscribers a hateful message about Roma people.

Usually more concerned with problems of dwindling resources and influence, the French ministry of foreign affairs had an altogether different problem to solve on Thursday: a hacker’s embarrassing post on the ministry’s official Twitter account.

The tweet, the name for a short text posted on the micro-blogging website Twitter, was written in English and strongly insulted Roma people.
[…]
At 8:23pm local time, after being online for around an hour, the message disappeared and was replaced with a less offensive tweet (translation of the message pictured in this article): “The account @francediplo has been hacked. We have deleted the message. We will take steps to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Unfortunately for the foreign affairs ministry, the cyber-attack had already been viewed by 46,448 people who follow its Twitter thread.
[…]
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the website 20minutes.fr reported spotting a classified ad put out by the beleaguered ministry: “Two 2.0 Web project managers needed immediately.”

Read the whole thing here.

Not the first time they had problems with the internets, with a more elaborate  hoax perpetrated just a couple months ago.