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Key Federal Agency Appointments

Key Federal Agency Appointments and Positions of Importance to the Chemical Distribution Industry

NACD has created the following list of key federal agency positions requiring appointment by the President and certain career positions overseeing regulations that impact chemical distributors.

Last Updated: 11/01/2021

Key Environmental Protection Agency Staff

Michael Regan

Name: Michael Regan
Position: Administrator, EPA
Responsibilities: Oversee federal environmental regulations, distributing grants and conducting studies assessing environmental risk
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Janet McCabe

Name: Janet McCabe
Position: Deputy Administrator, EPA
Responsibilities: Oversee federal environmental regulations, distributing grants and conducting studies assessing environmental risk
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Michal Freedhoff

Name: Michal Freedhoff
Position: Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA
Responsibilities: Oversee regulations on chemicals and pesticides
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Barry Breen

Name: Barry Breen
Position: Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, EPA
Responsibilities: Oversee policy on EPA’s emergency response and waste programs
Status: Acting

 

Key Department of Labor Staff

Doug Parker

Name: Doug Parker
Position: Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, DOLA
Responsibilities: Oversee regulations for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Key Department of Transportation Staff

Pete Buttigieg

Name: Pete Buttigieg
Position: Secretary, DOT
Responsibilities: Oversee national transportation policy and promotes transportation of and among various modes
Status: Confirmed by Senate; Serving in Office

 

Polly Trottenberg

Name: Polly Trottenberg
Position: Deputy Secretary, DOT
Responsibilities: Oversee national transportation policy and promotes transportation of and among various modes
Status: Confirmed by Senate; Serving in Office

 

Tristan Brown

Name: Tristan Brown
Position: Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, DOT
Responsibilities: Oversee safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials
Status: Acting

 

Meera Joshi

Name: Meera Joshi
Position: Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, DOT
Responsibilities: Oversee safety in motor carrier operations through regulations and enforcements
Status: Pending in Senate

 

Jack Van Steenburg

Name: Jack Van Steenburg
Position: Executive Director and Chief Safety Officer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Responsibilities: Oversee safety of national commercial vehicle safety programs and establishes partnerships with federal, state, and local governments
Status: In Office; Career Appointment Requires Presidential Approval

 

Key Rail and Maritime Transportation Staff

Amit Bose

Name: Amit Bose
Position: Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
Responsibilities: Oversee and enforce rail safety regulations, administer railroad assistance programs
Status: Acting

 

Martin Oberman

Name: Martin Oberman
Position: Chair, Surface Transportation Board
Responsibilities: Oversee economic regulation of various modes of surface transportation, primarily freight rail
Status: Appointed by President; Serving in Office

 

Daniel Maffei

Name: Daniel Maffei
Position: Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission
Responsibilities:
Status: Appointed by President; Serving in Office

 

Key Department of Homeland Security Staff

Alejandro Mayorkas

Name: Alejandro Mayorkas
Position:Secretary, DHS
Responsibilities: Oversee and regulate international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. regulations, including trade, customs, and immigration
Status: Confirmed by Senate; Serving in Office

 

Chris Magnus

Name: Chris Magnus
Position: Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, DHS
Responsibilities: Oversee CBP’s three core missions of counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement
Status: Nominated by President

 

AnnMarie Highsmith

Name: AnnMarie Highsmith
Position: Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, CBP, DHS
Responsibilities: Oversee CBP’s trade policy, program development, and compliance measurement functions
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Jen Easterly

Name: Jen Easterly
Position: Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, DHS
Responsibilities: Oversee and manage cyber and physical risk to U.S. critical infrastructure.
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Key Drug Enforcement Administration Staff

Anne Milgram

Name: Anne Milgram
Position: Administrator, DEA
Responsibilities: Oversee controlled substances and their precursors by promulgating and enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations
Status: Confirmed; Serving in Office

 

Key Food and Drug Administration Staff

Janet Woodcock

Name: Janet Woodcock
Position: Commissioner, FDA
Responsibilities: Oversee the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of the U.S. food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation
Status: Acting

 

Frank Yiannas

Name: Frank Yiannas
Position: Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, FDA
Responsibilities: Oversee development and execution of policies related to food safety, including implementation of the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Status: In Office; Not A Political Appointee

 

Key Small Business Administration Staff

Isabel Guzman

Name: Isabel Guzman
Position: Administrator, SBA
Responsibilities: Aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns and to preserve free competitive enterprise
Status: Confirmed by Senate; Serving in Office

 

Major Clark III

Name: Major Clark III
Position: Chief Counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy
Responsibilities: Oversee development and execution of policies related to food safety, including implementation of the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Status: Acting

 

Key U.S. Trade Representative Staff

Katherine Tai

Name: Katherine Tai
Position: Administrator, SBA
Responsibilities: Developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries
Status: Confirmed by Senate; Serving in Office