In the past several days, President Trump has announced his intention to nominate several new agency officials.
Joseph Otting of Nevada was nominated to be Comptroller of the Currency at the Department of the Treasury.
Prior to his nomination, Otting had a long career in financial services working for a number of highly regarded regional banks. Most recently he served as managing partner of Ocean Blvd and Lake Blvd.
Otting previously served as president and CEO of OneWest Bank and vice chairman of U.S. Bancorp. He holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College.
Brian Allen Benczkowski of Virginia was nominated to be an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s criminal division.
Benczkowski is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis whose practice focuses on litigation and white collar criminal defense, including government and internal investigations. He has over 10 years of diverse public service experience in the federal government, including key leadership positions both in the Department of Justice and on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining Kirkland in 2010, Benczkowski served as the Republican staff director for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate. He was the top advisor and strategist to Republican members of the committee for legislative, oversight and nominations matters.
Previously, Benczkowski was the chief of staff for the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. As the principal legal, policy and political advisor to the two senior leaders of the Department of Justice, he was responsible for overall direction of the agency, including operational, policy and public relations efforts.
Benczkowski also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, where he managed the Department of Justice’s relationship with Congress. During this time, he was responsible for directing the Department's response to congressional investigations and requests for information and documents, and preparing numerous witnesses and nominees for testimony before Congress.
Robert Charrow of Maryland was selected to be general counsel of Health and Human Services.
Charrow is a principal shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig, where he specializes in litigation arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, the federal regulation of healthcare, and federal appellate litigation.
Before joining Greenberg Traurig in 2002, he was with the law firm Crowell & Moring. Previously, he served as the deputy and then principal deputy general Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services. He supervised the chief counsel for the various agencies within the Department, including the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS), Office of Inspector General, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Public Health Service.