President Barack Obama continues to fill out his second-term roster. The White House announced Monday morning the nominations of Ernest Moniz as energy secretary, Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget.
Burwell is Walmart's current philanthropic director. If confirmed for the OMB gig, she will replace the acting director, Jeffrey Zients. It would be Burwell's second stint at OMB, having served there as a deputy to its former director, Jack Lew, during Bill Clinton's presidency in 1998. Before joining Walmart, heading the retailer's charity division, Burwell ran the global development wing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Meanwhile Moniz, 69, oversees MIT's Energy Initiative, a research group that focuses on innovative ways to produce power while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But unlike outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu, he is also well-versed in the ways of Washington, having served as the Energy Department's undersecretary in the Clinton administration.
And in nominating McCarthy to be the nation's top environmental steward, Obama is promoting a climate change champion and a 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics. McCarthy has served under both Republicans and Democrats, and is known for a matter-of-fact approach appreciated by both businesses and environmental advocacy groups.