WASHINGTON — The White House has once again nominated Barry Myers to be administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as four people to serve on the board of the Export-Import Bank.
The White House included those nominations in a lengthy list released Jan. 16 for various government positions. Nominations submitted in the prior Congress but not taken up by the full Senate expired and had to be resubmitted for consideration by the new Congress that started Jan. 3.
Myers, until recently the chief executive of commercial weather forecaster AccuWeather, was originally nominated to lead NOAA in October 2017. The Senate Commerce Committee favorably reported the nomination in December 2017, and again in January 2018 when the nomination has to be resubmitted to comply with a Senate rule. However, the full Senate did not take up the nomination.
Myers faced opposition from Democratic members of the Senate because of concerns he had conflicts of interest because of his role at AccuWeather, which is owned by family members. Myers, at his November 2017 confirmation hearing, vowed there would be a “complete separation” between the company and NOAA.
AccuWeather announced Jan. 4 that Myers had stepped down from his ...