Friday, June 26, 2009

Jeffrey Feltman's confirmation "still hanging" as others proceed ....

LR in the CABLE, here

".....Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is still hanging for the moment. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) has put the Feltman nomination on hold to try to get the State Department to take action to make an Italian-born constituent eligible for relief under a Libyan fund established to compensate victims of allegedly Libyan-sponsored acts of terrorism, including the bombing of Rome's airport.

Feltman, who has recused himself from the matter, declined to comment. Levin's office didn't immediately respond to queries. Feltman, a former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, is technically the principal deputy assistant secretary of the NEA bureau, but has been serving as the acting A/S since David Welch retired in December to take a job with Bechtel. Although the acting capacity allows Feltman to perform many functions of the job before he is confirmed, he is unable to hire staff."

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