Politico: DeVos Makes Some Political Appointments

Politico reports:

Ed Department has made about three dozen political hires

By Caitlin Emma
05/11/2017 12:45 PM EDT

The Trump administration has made about three dozen political appointments to the Education Department, according to a list obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s about a quarter of the agency’s 150 political vacancies.

Some of the job titles on the list appear to be outdated, and the list is missing a few names, including Jim Manning, who was tapped last month as senior adviser to the undersecretary and acting undersecretary; Josh Venable, who was named chief of staff to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last month; and Carlos Muniz, nominated by President Donald Trump in March to be the department’s general counsel.

Those hires include:

— Stanley Buchesky, senior adviser, budget and finance;
— Robert Eitel, senior counselor to the secretary;
— Jason Botel, principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education;
— Candice Jackson, deputy assistant secretary for strategic operations and outreach and acting assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights;
— Ebony Lee, deputy chief of staff for policy;
— José Viana, assistant deputy secretary and director for the Office of English Language Acquisition;
— Jana Toner, White House liaison;
— Dougie Simmons, deputy chief of staff for operations;
— Kathleen Smith, special assistant to the secretary;
— Robert Goad, confidential assistant and education policy adviser on the White House Domestic Policy Council;
— Holly Ham, assistant secretary of education for management;
— Michael Oberlies, confidential assistant;
— Andrew Kossack, attorney adviser;
— Patrick Shaheen, confidential assistant;
— Jeffrey “Justin” Riemer, attorney adviser;
— Elizabeth “Liz” Hill, press secretary;
— Carrie Coxen, confidential assistant*;
— Nate Bailey, special assistant to the secretary;
— Michael Brickman, special assistant to the secretary;
— Michael Chamberlain, special assistant;
— Deborah Cox-Roush, special assistant to the secretary;
— Kevin Eck, special assistant to the secretary;
— Ronald Holden, special assistant;
— Amy Jones, special assistant to the secretary;
— Cody Reynolds, special assistant;
— Eric Ventimiglia, confidential assistant;
— Matthew Frendewey, special assistant to the secretary;
— Alexandra Hudson, confidential assistant;
— Gillum Ferguson, confidential assistant;
— Neil Ruddock, special assistant to the secretary;
— Sarah Delahunty, confidential assistant;
— Jessica Newman, special assistant*;
— Nathaniel Breeding, special assistant*;
— Martha Davis, confidential assistant*.

Starred names have not previously been reported. A couple of individuals who joined the agency’s beachhead team earlier this year — Patrick Young and Laura Rigas — were not included on the agency’s list.

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