Pending State Department Nominations as of August 2012

Below is a list of nominees submitted by the President to the Senate for confirmation during the current congress and was still undergoing SFRC consideration when the Senate took its break on August 2, 2012:

Aug 02, 12     PN1876    United Nations
Patrick J. Leahy, of Vermont, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Aug 02, 12     PN1875    United Nations
John Hardy Isakson, of Georgia, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Jul 18, 12     PN1827    Department of State
Richard G. Olson, of New Mexico, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. (reportedly discharged from committee but still listed as “pending” in the SFRC)

Jul 11, 12     PN1802    Department of State
Walter North, of Washington, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Solomon Islands and  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Vanuatu.

Jul 11, 12     PN1801    Department of State
Stephen D. Mull, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Poland.

Jul 11, 12     PN1800    Department of State
Dawn M. Liberi, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi.

Dec 05, 11     PN1171    Department of State
Joseph E. Macmanus, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency,
with the rank of Ambassador.

Dec 05, 11     PN1170    Department of State
Joseph E. Macmanus, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations,
with the rank of Ambassador.

Oct 17, 11     PN1047    Department of State
Sharon English Woods Villarosa, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of  Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador  Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.

Shari Villarosa‘s nomination for Mauritius has been pending in committee since October 2011. And then there’s also Joseph Macmanus for IAEA and UNVIE, pending since December 2011.  Ms. Villarosa was Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism when she was nominated last year.  Mr. Macmanus on the other hand was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs when his nomination was announced last year.

Don’t know why these two nominees have been stuck in committee for the last 8-10 months. Mr. Macmanus is heading to IAEA and the UN, the later, of course a favorite pet peeve for some folks in Congress.  Could be that.  Mauritius as you may already know is an island in the Indian Ocean (also the only known habitat of the extinct Dodo bird). Nothing controversial there. She’s a career diplomat who was previously chargé d’affaires for the US Embassy in Rangoon from August 2005 to September 2008.  There was that OIG report while she was CDA in Burma (mostly redacted, of course!).   But that’s not it, is it?

I don’t think these two even had their confirmation hearings put on the calendar at the SFRC.  Interesting, huh? Anybody know why these two nominations have been glued to the SFRC welcome mat for months without action?

Domani Spero

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Officially In: Stephen D. Mull – from Foggy Bottom (S/ES) to Poland

On July 10, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Stephen D. Mull as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. The WH released the following brief bio:

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career-Minister, is Executive Secretary at the Department of State, a position he has held since June 2010.  Prior to this position, he was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 2008 to 2010, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs from 2006 to 2008.  From 2007 to 2008, he served concurrently as Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs.  Ambassador Mull served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from 2003 to 2006, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia from 2000 to 2003.  With over 30 years of service at the State Department, Ambassador Mull’s previous positions include: Deputy Executive Secretary (1998-2000); Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs (1997-1998); Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Poland (1993-1997); and Deputy Director of the State Department Operations Center (1991-1993).

Ambassador Mull received a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Secretary Clinton (right) and Ambassador Stephen D. Mull (center) at the U.S. Embassy London. Photo by SJ Mayhew via US Embassy London

If confirmed, Ambassador Mull would succeed political ambassador, Lee A. Feinstein who was appointed to Warsaw by President Obama in 2009.  Ambassador Feinstein issued a statement saying it has been “a tremendous honor and privilege to represent the United States in Poland during the past three years.”

“Living in Poland has been a great gift to my family and me.  While we are looking forward to returning home, Poland will always remain dear to us.”

“I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I remain committed to advancing our common security and prosperity, while I continue to serve in Warsaw and thereafter.

In March 2012, Secretary Clinton asked that ambassadors remain at their posts until either the Senate has confirmed a replacement or specific departure instructions are given.

Domani Spero

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