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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tauscher Picked For NNSA Governance Panel



Weapons & Complex Monitor
March 6, 2013

Tauscher Picked For NNSA Governance Panel

The Congressionally mandated National Nuclear Security Administration governance panel is beginning to take shape. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has named former California Democratic lawmaker and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher to the 12-person panel, following on the heels of House Speaker John Boehner’s selection of former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.).

Tauscher [now a member of the LLNS/LANS Boards of Governors] was instrumental in the creation of the NNSA during her time as the representative for California’s 10th District, and helped create the Strategic Posture Commission while she was the chair of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee. She also famously feuded with Pelosi during the early part of her career in Congress, backing Steny Hoyer instead of Pelosi for House Minority Whip in 2001, but they later mended fences.

The 12-member panel will be selected by the House and Senate Armed Services committees and leadership of the House and Senate, with each committee selecting four members and House and Senate leadership selecting two members apiece. Funded by a $3 million authorization in the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization Act, the committee was supposed to have its first meeting by March 1, but it has been slow to get going due to funding constraints under the current Continuing Resolution that prohibit the start of new programs. A new CR that would fund the Defense Department and other government agencies through the end of the year unveiled by House appropriators this week would allow the study to begin.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boy, there's $3M that should have been sequestered! What a waste of taxpayers money!

Anonymous said...

Well maybe the GAO can sniff out a possible conflict of interest here since she is on the LLNS/LANS Board. But as a former member of the "Club", she probably is exempt from such trifling detail. Rules are for the little people.

Anonymous said...

Even a blind man can see that there is an incredible conflict of interest here. This is such a blatant flaunting of the rules of conflict of interest that one can only guess at what strings were pulled to make it happen. How many more members or consultants of the LLNS Boards will be picked for this "impartial" panel?

Anonymous said...

The "fix is in", as they say. Anyone really surprised by this news?

Anonymous said...

Who's next to be added to this joke called the NNSA Governance Panel? Riley Bechtel?

Anonymous said...

Based on how this has gone so far, here are the names of the remaining members of this august body that has been charged with examining the NNSA. It might not be the final list, since there are also lots of sub-Boards that have highly compensated members and consultants.

NORMAN J. PATTIZ
CRAIG M. ALBERT
STEVEN BECKWITH
WILLIAM FRAZER
JOHN GORDON
JOHN P. HOWANITZ
DONALD J. KINTZER
STEVEN KOONIN
GLENN MARA
RICHARD MIES
DAVID PETHICK
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER
BRUCE D. VARNER
JEFF WADSWORTH
DAVID WALKER
CRAIG WEAVER

Anonymous said...

Seriously ... another architect of this horrendous mess called the NNSA is going to try to fix it?

Our government is beyond dysfunctional.

Anonymous said...

It's not just dysfunctional. It's incestuous!

Anonymous said...

NNSA governance... so, they're one ivory tower higher than the organization in the ivory tower...

Anonymous said...

NORMAN J. PATTIZ
CRAIG M. ALBERT
STEVEN BECKWITH
WILLIAM FRAZER
JOHN GORDON
JOHN P. HOWANITZ
DONALD J. KINTZER
STEVEN KOONIN
GLENN MARA
RICHARD MIES
DAVID PETHICK
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER
BRUCE D. VARNER
JEFF WADSWORTH
DAVID WALKER
CRAIG WEAVER

March 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Same monkeys in a different tree!

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