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JERRY MANSFIELD is an information research specialist at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, where he specializes in Congress as an institution, constitutional amendments, and disaster relief. He is a member of the Congress faculty. An international library consultant, he has also served as secretary, treasurer and chair of two sections (Government Information & Official Publications and Government Libraries) within the International Federation of Library Associations.Mr. Mansfield has a BA degree from Hanover College and a MLS from the University of Kentucky. He has worked in academic libraries, a medical library, and government libraries. For most of the 1980s he lived and worked in Saudi Arabia as a director of a group of medical libraries followed by a four-year stint as Chief Advisor for Library Affairs at the National Center for Financial and Economic Information of the Ministry of Finance in Saudi Arabia. In 1990 he joined the U.S. Postal Service Corporate Library where he served prior to joining CRS in 2000.back to top
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GEBE MARTINEZ is a freelance journalist and a frequent commentator on PBS' Washington Week with Gwen Ifil. She is a contributing columnist for The Politico, a newspaper and website that covers the intersection of politics, Congress, and lobbyists. Most recently, Ms. Martinez was a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Houston Chronicle.She was previously with Congressional Quarterly, covering the House leadership for the CQ Weekly. Ms. Martinez has been a government and politics reporter since 1976. She arrived in Washington in late 1994, just after the historic election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years. While most of her time in Washington has been spent covering Congress, she also covered the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections, including the Florida election recount.Ms. Martinez is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.back to top
CHUCK McCUTCHEON is co-author of National Journal's "Almanac of American Politics 2012." Prior to this position, he was co-editor of Congressional Quarterly's "Politics in America." He also covered criminal justice, legal issues, terrorism and homeland security for Newhouse News Service. Before joining Newhouse in August 2002, he spent six years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly specializing in energy and national security issues. A graduate of Northwestern University, McCutcheon is the author of "Nuclear Reactions," a history of the world's first radioactive waste dump, and "What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?" a science guide for younger readers.back to top
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RAYMOND J. McGRATH is president of the Downey McGrath Group, Inc., a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm that provides strategic advice and expertise to business, labor, non-profit and other organizations on matters of public policy. Mr. McGrath joined the firm in 1999 and brings more than 30 years of experience dealing with public policy issues at all levels of government and in the private sector.back to top
From 1981 to 1993, Mr. McGrath represented the 5th District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee for eight years, he developed an expertise in tax, trade and health care issues. Prior to joining the Downey McGrath Group, Mr. McGrath served as president and chief operating officer of the Beer Institute, a trade association representing more than 300 industry members worldwide. He also served as Director of the Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation. Before coming to Congress, Mr. McGrath served in the New York State Assembly, where he was a pivotal force in helping to reform the state's Medicaid system. Mr. McGrath serves on the Board of Advisors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University. He also serves as a guest instructor at the Lobbying Institute at the American University.
JAMIE McINTYRE is a veteran journalist who brings more than 16 years of frontline experience in national security reporting as host of the "Line of Departure," a daily blog on Military.com. From the intervention in Somalia to the invasion of Iraq, Mr. McIntyre has covered every U.S. military operation of the past two decades, both from inside the Pentagon and from the war zones. Mr. McIntyre was working in the Pentagon September 11, 2001, and was the first reporter to obtain what turned out to be the only photographs of Flight 77 hitting the building, images from a security camera that were released officially years later. In December 2005 he broke the news of Saddam Hussein's capture by American forces in Iraq, and in 2007 McIntyre's in-depth investigation of the Army's handling of the death of Pat Tillman was nominated for an Emmy award. Prior to joining CNN full time in 1992, Mr. McIntyre was a freelance reporter for the network, and also the "Voice of C-SPAN". From 1989-1991 he was the host and senior writer of Capital Edition, an Emmy award-winning news magazine show, which aired Sunday mornings on WUSA-TV, Channel 9 in Washington. In July of 2009, McIntyre joined the editorial team at Military.com where he blogs at "Jamie McIntyre's Line of Departure," Military.com's Media and National Policy Journal. He is an adjunct professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.back to top
ROBERT McLEAN has worked in the communication industry since 1978. He has worked in government relations since 1985, first for a federal agency and later for an association, and became a registered lobbyist in 1988. Mr. McLean opened his own consulting firm, REM Association Services, in 1996. Currently, he lobbies for a number of clients and teaches classes to government agencies, associations, unions, and corporations on working with members of Congress and their staffs, grassroots lobbying, critical thinking and writing, writing congressional correspondence, communications and the Internet.Mr. McLean is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE). As executive director for six trade associations, he manages their public relations campaigns and often serves as their official spokesman. He has been interviewed by many major daily newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNBC.back to top
Mr. McLean lectures frequently before business and government groups for TheCapitol.Net, and previously taught for Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences. He has been an adjunct professor with George Mason University, where he has taught graduate courses in business communication skills and in solving writing problems. Mr. McLean has a BA in journalism from the Memphis State University and an MA in English from George Mason University.
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JILL KAMP MELTON is a communications consultant with clients in the US, Canada and Europe. As founder and artistic director of The American Showcase Theatre Company in Alexandria, VA, now called Metro Stage, Ms. Melton taught acting, voice, and she directed several award winning productions, such as The Blood Knot by Athol Fugard (about apartheid in South Africa) and Talking Things Over With Chekhov. Ms. Melton has trained over 6,000 actors, some of whom perform on and off Broadway, in Hollywood and in regional theatres across the US.back to top
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ALAN METZLER, Colonel, U.S. Army, is a career Security Forces officer and has served in a variety of operational, command, and staff duties. His operational experience includes service in two Air Force Fighter Wings, a Bomb Wing, a Missile Wing, a Space Wing, an Air Expeditionary Wing, and a German Fighter Wing. His staff tours include service on the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, and on the Air Staff, where he served as the Speechwriter to the Secretary of the Air Force and as the Chief of the Communications Team for the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff. In addition, he has served as a member of the Commander's Action Group at Headquarters, Air Combat Command; as Executive Officer to the Director of Security Forces, Headquarters, Air Combat Command; and as a Nuclear Security Instructor at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.back to top
ROY T. MEYERS is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UNMBC), where he has taught since 1990. From 1981-1990, he was a budget analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).back to top
At UMBC, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on government budgeting, political activism and leadership, and the introductory seminar for UMBC's Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, which he directs. He has also taught introductory courses in American government and politics, and in public administration, a senior research seminar on public administration and policy, and a graduate course on American national institutions and policy.
Professor Meyers is the author of the "Handbook of Government Budgeting" (1999), and "Strategic Budgeting" (1994), which co-won the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration in 1996. He has written articles and reports on normative budgeting models and on a variety of features of the Congressional budget process and federal government budgeting.
Professor Meyers earned a BA in government from Colby College, and his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His dissertation won the 1989 L.D. White Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association.
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SUNLEN MILLER is a reporter for ABC News covering Congress with a focus on the U.S. Senate. Miller is a regular on-air contributor to ABC NewsNOW, the network's broadband entity, and files regularly for ABCNews.com Miller spent two years as part of ABC's team of reporters covering the White House starting in 2009 with the inauguration of President Obama. Prior to her assignment at the White House, Miller was an off-air reporter assigned to cover the presidential campaign of Sen. Obama (D-IL) from the fall of 2007 to his inauguration. Since starting at the ABC News Washington bureau in 2004, Miller has worked at a variety of platforms at ABC News, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and ABC NewsNOW's "Politics Live." Raised in Richmond, VA, Miller graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelors degree in International Affairs and Media and Communications.back to top
JIM MILLS is the senior editor covering Capitol Hill for Fox News. He serves various Fox News programs and correspondents including Brit Hume's Special Report. He covers major news stories involving Congress and politics including this summer's party conventions. Mr. Mills is also a humor columnist for Rollcall.com, which publishes his articles twice a week. From 1991-1995, he was a Capitol Hill producer for C-SPAN where he produced several "day-in-the-life" specials about John McCain, Alan Simpson, Tom Daschle, George Mitchell, Susan Molinari, and others. Previously, Mr. Mills wrote for Cloakroom.com for National Journal. He has also been a freelance writer for radio networks and UPI, and has served as a statehouse reporter and as a news director.back to top
CLETA MITCHELL is a partner in Foley & Lardner's Washington, DC office and a member of the firm's Public Affairs practice. She has more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy. Ms. Mitchell advises corporations, nonprofit organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal election and campaign finance law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984, Ms. Mitchell chaired the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. She served on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.Ms. Mitchell was in private law practice in Oklahoma City in litigation and administrative law until 1991 when she became director and general counsel of the Term Limits Legal Institute in Washington, DC. Ms. Mitchell represents numerous Republican candidates, campaigns and members of Congress, and she has served as legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.She received her BA (high honors) and JD from the University of Oklahoma.back to top
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NED MONROE, CAE, is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA). He was previously Vice President of Political Affairs at the National Restaurant Association from 2005 to 2009. In this position, Ned was responsible for all aspects of the association's federal political action committee. Prior to the National Restaurant Association, Ned served as the Director of Political Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national trade association of commercial and industrial construction companies. As the national political director, Ned managed political activities and grassroots lobbying. He also served as the Treasurer for the ABC-PAC. Ned served in this position from 1997 until 2005.Ned was also the 2006 President of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC). NABPAC is a membership association dedicated to promoting and defending PACs and political action professionals.Ned has worked in numerous political campaigns around the country, was the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida, Deputy Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee and the Virginia Campaign Manager for the 1988 George Bush for President Campaign.back to top
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CARL MORAVITZ is a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM, working directly on budget and performance integration, performance-based budgeting solutions, and federal financial management. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing and directing budgets for large and diverse organizations. Mr. Moravitz served as a budget director at the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Voice of America.He is a leader in streamlining and simplifying budget processes, focusing and addressing key policy issues usually ignored in the budget process. His leadership in Performance Budgeting includes the development of a prototype Results Act-Compliant Performance Budget that has served as the model for the presentation of integrated budget and performance plans to OMB and the Congress. While at the Department of the Treasury, he served 18 months as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Finance during the transition to a new administration in 2001.Mr. Moravitz has broad knowledge in the funding challenges accompanying the full stewardship of federal government finances, and its impact on federal budget policy in general, and agency and organizational processes in particular. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of financial and general management programs and issues; demonstrated ability and experience in the federal budget and legislative process; and knowledge of the operations, organization and interrelationships of both the executive and legislative branches of government.While at IBM, he has been working as a thought leader in the area of Performance-based Budgeting, including the development of best practices and budget office improvements. He has also worked with an assortment of software partners in the development of performance-based budget applications for the public sector. Mr. Moravitz is also affiliated with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, an endowment organization that helps public sector executives improve the effectiveness of government with practical ideas and original thinking, sponsoring independent research by top minds in academe and the non-profit sector.With the IBM Center, he has written several articles and publications on performance management and budgeting, including selected best practices and recommended directions. He has jointly authored, with Jonathan Breul, in January 2007, a book specifically on performance-based budgeting in the public sector, Performance and Budgeting: The Budget Office of Tomorrow, and contributed to a performance-based chapter for a recently published book (September 2007), International Handbook of Practice-Based Performance Management.back to top
NICOLE NASON is the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Previously, she was Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, where she was responsible for oversight of congressional affairs, coordinating all legislative and non-legislative relationships between the Department and Congress, and directing the presentation of the Department's legislative program.back to top
Prior to DOT, Ms. Nason was with the U.S. Customs Service, where she was Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Congressional Affairs. She also served as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois and as counsel and communications director for Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss of Florida. Previously, Ms. Nason served as government affairs counsel for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She earned her bachelor's degree at American University and her law degree at Case Western University Law School.
FREDERICK H. NESBITT is the executive director and legislative counsel for the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS). Prior to this position, Fred served for the past 12 years as director of governmental affairs and political action for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and previous to that for 9 years as special assistant to the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Mr. Nesbitt has been a lobbyist on Capitol Hill for 22 years, lobbying on pensions, taxes and employee benefits for both federal employees, and state and local government employees. Before coming to Washington, Mr. Nesbitt was a professor of political science and labor relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and St. Francis College (PA). He earned his bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his master's and doctorate degrees from West Virginia University. He is the co-editor of Labor and American Politics.back to top
KATHRYN NEWCOMER is the director of the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches public and nonprofit, program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has consulted the governments of the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Brazil on performance auditing.back to top
Dr. Newcomer has published four books, "Improving Government Performance" (1989), "The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation" (1994, 2004), "Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs" (1997), and "Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government" (2002), and numerous articles in journals including the Public Administration Review. She served on the Advisory Council on Auditing Standards for the U.S. General Accountability Office, and she is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Newcomer has won two awards for her teaching: in 1996 she was awarded the Peter Vail Excellence in Education Award and in May 2000 she received the George Washington Award. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04).
Dr. Newcomer earned a BS in education and an MA in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in political science from the University of Iowa.
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WILLIAM NOXON was a broadcaster with broad experience in news, sports, and studio production from college through the 1970s and early 1980s. From 1982 to the present, he has been a practitioner in all areas of public relations, creating communications strategies, primarily for senior management in the Federal Government, but also for regional corporate leaders and non-profit organizations...back to top
From 1995 through 2005, Mr. Noxon was a Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency that funds scientific and education research. He handled the most sensitive management issues with senior NSF leaders and was the "go to" professional on the media staff for handling requests for access to three of the agency's directors and several deputy directors as well as several chairs of the National Science Board, the 24-member policy advisory body to NSF.
Prior to this position, he served as a Public Affairs Officer of the National Education Goals Panel where he singly promoted activities of this small, bipartisan federal agency brought together as a result of the President's Charlottesville Education Summit in 1989. He directed media campaigns for quarterly panel meetings, a special education report on early childhood learning and a nationwide news conference for the Panel's midpoint annual report to the nation.
As chief of public communications (media and community relations), Noxon was a spokesman internationally for the U.S. Army on issues of doctrine development and training. He organized, created, and executed media and external communications strategies and led events, such as the Army's Pentagon news conference to announce revolutionary changes to post-Cold War operating doctrine. In addition to advising and preparing the commanding general (four-star rank) for this and a variety of other media events and issue-critical situations, Noxon was an advisor to key headquarters staff leaders and for 16 field media and community relations offices across the country.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Illinois, and he has graduate credits in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin, and in Management from the Army Management Staff College.
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WALTER J. OLESZEK is a senior specialist in American National Government with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He joined CRS in 1968, and has been a consultant to both houses of Congress on their reorganization and operations reform efforts. During 1993, he was the policy director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. Mr. Oleszek assisted the House Rules Committee in the development of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 and served as a professional staff member on the House Select Committee on Committees in 1973-75.Mr. Oleszek lectures frequently before academic, business and government groups. He has assisted the parliaments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ghana, India, Japan, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. He currently is an adjunct professor at The American University. Mr. Oleszek is the author of Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. He co-authored Congress and Its Members, Bicameral Politics: Conference Committees in Congress and co-edited Governing: Reading and Cases in American Politics.back to top
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MARY O'REILLY is vice president of marketing, planning and communications for Public Affairs Support Services (PASS). Prior to joining PASS, Ms. O'Reilly was Manager, PAC and Grassroots for Novartis Corporation, where she was responsible for growing both PAC receipts and participation. In addition to managing the PAC, Ms. O'Reilly was responsible for increasing employee political awareness and involvement. To accomplish this goal, she launched a number of programs and among them was a program to bring Members of Congress to every company site in the US for a tour and "town hall" meeting with employees. Prior to working for Novartis, Ms. O'Reilly was Public Affairs Coordinator for Household International, Inc. in charge of PAC and grassroots. Ms. O'Reilly received a BS in Consumer Affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, and an MBA from George Mason University in 1998.back to top
NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. A skilled commentator on Congress, Mr. Ornstein has appeared on ABC's "Nightline" and NPR's "All Things Considered" and is a regular contributor to the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He has been an election commentator on the "CBS Morning News." Mr. Ornstein lectures frequently in the United States and abroad and is the author of The American Elections of 1982, The New Congress, Interest Groups, Lobbying and Policymaking, and Vital Statistics on Congress. He has also written numerous articles and reviews on Congress and public policy issues. Mr. Ornstein has had experience on Capitol Hill as a congressional fellow and committee staff director.back to top
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SABRINA I. PACIFICI is the founder, solo editor, publisher, and web manager of LLRX.com, a free Web journal that provides up-to-date information on law and technology research, applications and services, which she launched in 1996. In 2003, LLRX.com was named one of the 10 best sites of the decade (Law Technology News).
Ms. Pacifici has been an active member of the online legal community for over a decade. She created the journal PLL Perspectives in 1989, and served as its only editor and publisher until 1996. She then turned her focus to web publishing, and developed one of the first webzines targeted to the legal research community. Launched in November 1996, LLRX.com was quickly established as a reliable online resource for researchers to leverage the expanding content of the World Wide Web. With Ms. The site has consistently been recognized as a publisher of comprehensive, well-documented, non-partisan reviews, guides and content-rich resources on web-related applications, tools, services, links and related information invaluable to legal researchers.
Ms. Pacifici is also the solo author/editor of beSpacific (www.bespacific.com), a current awareness monitoring blog on breaking legal, technology and research related news and primary resources (with a database of over 10,000 postings, and growing, since its launch September 2002). beSpacific was recognized as the Best Overall Legal Blog of 2004; one of the Best Law Librarian Blogs of 2005; the Best Legal Support Blog of 2005; and it was the recipient of the 2006 AALL/West Thomson Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Use of Technology.
Ms. Pacifici was named one of Library Journal's LJ's Movers & Shakers 2006.
She has authored many articles on legal technology topics, delivered over one hundred presentations at professional conferences nationwide, and worked for over two decades as a law library director, legal technologist, website and intranet manager, as well as an enterprise blogger and a legal research director. In the Spring of 2006, she joined a leading media company where she continues to provide expert legal and nonlegal research services, as well as working on knowledge initiatives and managing/authoring enterprise wide blogs.back to top
ELIZABETH PALMER (Betsy) is a former congressional operations specialist. She joined the Congressional Research Service in 2003 where she was an analyst in American National Government and focused on the legislative process. Prior to CRS, Ms. Palmer worked for nearly 15 years with Congressional Quarterly, most of that time as a reporter. During her career there, she covered a wide variety of subjects for both the daily and weekly publications, from defense and foreign policy, to legal affairs and the House leadership. Ms. Palmer began her career at CQ in the research department where she was the research coordinator for CQ's Politics in America (1990), and acting research director of CQ's Research Department. Ms. Palmer has been a regular contributor to CQ's Politics in America, and wrote two chapters in CQ's Guide to Congress. Ms. Palmer received her BA from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, and an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.back to top
CHARLES PARKINSONis an Associate with the PMA Group. Prior to joining PMA, he worked for 26 years in the legislative and executive branches of government, as well as two years with the Law Firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell as a Senior Public Policy Advisor.
DANIEL PARKS has been a reporter and editor at Congressional Quarterly for eight years, and is currently the managing editor of CQ Today. He also has worked at CQ as assistant managing editor, and economics and finance editor. He began his career at CQ writing for CQ Weekly magazine, covering financial services for a year, followed by three years as budget and appropriations reporter.He was an American Political Science Association journalism fellow in 1997-98, working first for the House International Relations Committee, followed by an assignment with the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Before moving to Washington, Parks was a reporter for eight years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has published freelance articles in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek and the New York Times, and he has provided on-air commentary and analysis for C-Span's Washington Journal, Nation Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, an other programs.Mr. Parks has a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.back to top
JAMES P. PFIFFNERis professor of public policy at George Mason University. His major areas of expertise are the presidency, American national government, and public management. He has lectured on these topics at universities in Europe and throughout the United States as well as at the Federal Executive Institute, the National War College, the U.S. Military Academy, and at the State, Justice, and Defense Departments. He has written or edited nine books on the presidency and American national government, including The Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running (2nd edition, 1996) and The Modern Presidency (4th edition, 2004). He has also published many articles on the presidency and public management in professional journals, reference works, and the popular press.Professor Pfiffner is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, and he has been a panel member or on project staffs of the Volcker Commission, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the National Academy of Sciences. His professional experience includes service in the Director's Office of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1980-81), and he has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. In 1990 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award at George Mason University, and in 1999 he received the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Award. While serving with the 25th Infantry Division (1/8 Artillery) in 1970 he received the Army Commendation Medal for Valor in Vietnam and Cambodia.
WALTER PINCUS is a Washington Post staff writer where he has worked off and on since 1971 covering the intelligence community and other national news subjects. He also served as executive editor of the New Republic from 1972-1975, and worked at Washington Star, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among others. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the investigation to nuclear weapons and arms control, Mr. Pincus has covered many of the nation's most important news events. The series of articles he wrote on the Bush Administration's review of then presidential candidate Bill Clinton's passport records lead to the appointment of an independent counsel. His specialization in intelligence issues began with his coverage of the Aldrich Ames spy-case and its aftermath. In addition to writing, Mr. Pincus has been a consultant to NBC News, and later CBS News, developing, writing, and producing segments for a variety of entities within the networks. In 1992, he co-produced with CBS News, "Watergate: The Secret Story," that included extensive coverage in both the Washington Post and in Newsweek magazine. A year later, he directed another combined research among the three organizations which produced a major package of articles, and a two-hour documentary entitled, "The Kennedy Assassination," which coincided with the 30th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death. Mr. Pincus has won several journalism prizes, including the George Polk Award in 1977 for stories in the Washington Post exposing the neutron warhead; the 1961 Page One Award for magazine reporting in the Reporter; and an Emmy award for writing on the 1981 CBS News documentary series, "Defense of the United States." He was chosen to be a visiting fellow and lecturer in political science at Yale College in fall 1988.back to top
PAUL L. POWELL has over 3 decades of direct experience in congressional relations. Most recently, he was the vice president of Federal Government Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), where he was responsible for interacting with policymakers and key staff in the congressional and federal branches of government to carry out the legislative goals of NACDS and its members. He also monitored and advocated critical legislative policy initiatives in the Congress and administration that effected NACDS members at the federal level.Mr. Powell served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Liaison in the Office of Secretary Tommy Thompson at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, Mr. Powell managed activities and supervised staff in the Congressional Liaison Office, assisted with informing leadership and congressional offices about major Department issues, coordinated with Office of the Secretary divisions and HHS agencies to provide views on pending legislation and policy decisions, and acted as the principal contact with key HHS officials to provide action/responses to congressional inquiries. Mr. Powell has held numerous congressional and legislative positions over the past 30 years. He has served as a director at the lobbying firm BKSH & Associates; chief of staff for US Representative Jack Kingston; director of congressional affairs for the Bureau of the Census and the International Trade Administration at the US Department of Commerce; senior legislative associate at a DC law firm; and the director of Senate congressional affairs for the US Department of Interior, among numerous other notable positions working in and with the Congress and the Executive Branch. In addition, he has provided volunteer assistance for numerous Republican congressional fund raisers, and at several Republican National Committee nominating conventions. Powell, a former US Navy Officer, is a graduate of Emory University with a BA in Political Science; the School of Law at the University of Georgia with a JD; and completed the course of study at the George Washington University Masters in Legislative Affairs program.
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