TECHNOLOGY: Kris Anne Monteith to helm FCC Wireline Bureau
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Tuesday that he’s officially tapped Kris Anne Monteith as chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, which encourages investment in broadband infrastructure. Monteith is a past deputy chief of the bureau, and had been serving as chief in an acting capacity. A 20-year veteran of the commission, Monteith has also led its Enforcement Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, and served as a deputy chief in the Media Bureau. She began her career in telecommunications law at the firms of McDermott, Will, and Emery, and Keller and Heckman.
MEDIA: Carolyn Fiddler moving from DLCC to Daily Kos
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee National Communications Director Carolyn Fiddler is moving out of the party apparatus and joining Daily Kos, the progressive blog and advocacy group, as political editor and senior communications adviser. Fiddler, who has also done media relations for the Atlas Project, the American Federation of Teachers, Media Matters, and the Democratic Party of Virginia, is wrapping up her second two-year stint at the DLCC. She’ll continue to focus on state legislative campaigns at Daily Kos, a small-dollar fundraising powerhouse for Democrats.
BUSINESS: Sara Decker signs on with Wal-Mart
Sara Decker, formerly legislative director for Sen. Marco Rubio, has joined Wal-Mart as director of federal government affairs. Before serving as LD, Decker was Rubio’s legislative assistant for energy, environment, agriculture, and trade, as well as the Commerce subcommittee on oceans. She covered energy, environment, agriculture, and transportation for former Rep. John Shadegg from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, she was an aide on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
ENERGY: Scott Angelle to lead offshore-oil regulator
Former Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle will lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which oversees safety and environmental protection for offshore drillers. Angelle ran for Congress last year in Louisiana’s 3rd District but lost a runoff to Clay Higgins, and he came in third in the 2015 gubernatorial election. Before that, he served as Louisiana’s secretary of natural resources and on the St. Martin Parish Police Jury.
ECONOMY: Broderick Johnson joins Path Forward Coalition
Broderick Johnson, who served as both assistant to President Obama and his liaison to Cabinet secretaries, has joined the Path Forward Coalition, an organization that highlights the importance of service-sector jobs, as a senior adviser. Johnson is currently a partner at the law firm Bryan Cave LLP. He also worked in the Clinton White House, as counsel for two House committees, and in the Office of Legislative Counsel, and lobbied for AT&T and BellSouth. He serves on the board of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the Wolf Trap Foundation.
Katie Niederee has been hired as press secretary for the Senate Finance Committee. She was most recently communications director for Sen. Jerry Moran.
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady has announced an expansion of the committee’s tax counsels. Loren Ponds comes from Ernst & Young’s National Tax Department. Aaron Junge was most recently in the national tax office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Randy Gartin comes from the Houston office of KPMG. John Schoenecker was most recently with the Tax Executives Institute, and he’s also been a trial attorney with the tax division in the Department of Justice.