Posted: 9:26 pm PT
Updated: June 11, 10:34 pm PT
On Friday night, the White House released a slew of nominations including two names for the State Department — Eric Ueland to be Under Secretary of State for Management and Nathan Alexander Sales to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
In June 2013, Roll Call reported that the Senate Budget ranking member Jeff Sessions brought in a longtime budget and Senate rules expert Eric Ueland as his committee staff director. The report notes that “With budget wars dominating the conversation in Washington, Ueland’s hire could signal Sessions’ desire to beef up his ability to spar with Democrats on the issue.” Ueland in 2013 was cited as the current vice president at the Duberstein Group. He worked as former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s, R-Tenn., chief of staff as well as chief of staff to former Senate Majority Whip Don Nickles, R-Okla. “In those roles, he was regarded as one of the smarter procedural strategists for the Republicans”, according to Roll Call.
Eric Ueland graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1988 and worked at The American Spectator magazine before joining the Senate Republican Policy Committee staff in 1989 under Senator Bill Armstrong (R-CO). He served in a variety of positions at the committee before becoming deputy chief of staff for Senator Don Nickles (R-OK) at the Senate Assistant Majority Leader’s Office in 1996, serving as chief of staff from 1999 to 2002. Ueland became staff director of the Senate Rules Committee for Chairman Rick Santorum (R-PA), then from 2003 to 2006 served as transition staff, deputy chief of staff and chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). In 2007, he joined The Duberstein Group, a bipartisan advocacy firm, serving as vice president until being named the Budget Committee’s Republican staff director in 2013 for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
In 2016, Politico reported that Eric Ueland was advising Donald Trump’s presidential transition team.
If confirmed, Mr. Ueland would succeed career FSO Patrick F. Kennedy who was the Under Secretary for Management from 2007 until February 2017. Below is a quick description of this position via history.state.gov:
On Oct 7, 1978, an Act of Congress created the permanent position of Under Secretary of State for Management (P.L. 95-426; 92 Stat. 968). The Under Secretary of State for Management serves as principal adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters relating to the allocation and use of Department of State resources (budget, physical property, and personnel), including planning, the day-to-day administration of the Department, and proposals for institutional reform and modernization. Specific duties, supervisory responsibilities, and assignments have varied over the years. Each incumbent is commissioned with a functional designation as part of his title.
Here are the previous appointees as “M” from 1953 to-date, all noncareer appointees except for two career FSOs to serve in this role:
- Donold Bradford Lourie (1953–1954)
- Charles Eckridge Saltzman (1954-) see bio
- Benjamin Huger Read (1978–1981) see bio
- Richard Thomas Kennedy (1981–1982) see bio
- Jerome W. Van Gorkom (1982–1983) see bio
- Ronald Ian Spiers (1983–1989) – Career FSO bio
- Ivan Selin (1989–1991) see bio
- John F. W. Rogers (1991–1993) see bio
- John Brian Atwood (1993) FSO listed as noncareer appointee by history.state.gov
- Richard Menifee Moose (1993–1996) FSO but listed as noncareer appointee by history.state.gov
- Bonnie R. Cohen (1997–2001) see bio
- Grant S. Green (2001–2005) see bio
- Henrietta Holsman Fore (2005–2007) see bio
- Patrick Francis Kennedy (2007-2017) – Career FSO see bio