Scott Quehl ’88 was nominated for the position of “Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration” Oct. 15 in a press release from The White House Office of the Press Secretary. The appointment is subject to a hearing and confirmation by the Senate. In addition to Quehl, President Obama nominated four others for positions in defense, education, agriculture and international relations. In the same press release, the president said that he “look[s] forward to working with [the new appointees] in the months and years ahead.” If confirmed, Quehl will work under the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. Locke is on Obama’s cabinet and is eighth in the line of the succession to the presidency. Quehl was a government and history major at Lawrence, and was “an excellent student, hard working, conscientious and bright … articulate in expressing himself and quite good in bringing in relevant data or examples to throw light on different theoretical and methodological problems,” said Professor Emeritus of Government Chong-Do Hah. Quehl was also “liked very much and also highly respected by other students,” said Hah. Quehl’s interests at Lawrence included comparative politics, Russian history and American foreign policy. Hah noted that Quehl was “strongly interested in public service, domestic and international,” perhaps why he ended up in the Peace Corps in Honduras after his graduation Quehl’s other international experience includes serving as the country officer for the Dominican Republic for the World Bank, and co-managing the creation of the Secondary Education Project in the same country. He has also consulted the Colombian and Bolivian governments on financial and management decentralization. Serving the federal government will not be new to Quehl, who worked in the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Financial Management during the Clinton administration. If he is appointed, Quehl will be headquartered in Washington. The CFO/ASA controls the Commerce Department’s financial and human resources and facilities, as well as creates and implements administrative policies and procedures for the department and its operating units. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Web site, the CFO/ASA also “coordinates implementation of government- wide and Departmental management initiatives.” Quehl’s other professional experience includes serving as chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Police Department, managing director for tax-exempt capital markets at JP Morgan, and as managing director at Public Financial Management, Inc., advising several state and local authorities on management and budget issues. He currently works as president of Quehl Advisors, LLC and as senior managing director at the Public Resources Advisory Group.