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Three from Mason tapped for top federal positions

The White House has nominated George Mason University’s David C. Williams to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors. Williams, who joined Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government this year as a distinguished visiting professor of public policy, would serve on the board until December 2019 if confirmed.

Williams was the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service starting in 2003 until retiring in 2016.

Williams has also been inspector general of four other federal agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

William Beach, the vice president of policy research at the Mercatus Center at Mason, has been nominated as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Before joining the Mercatus Center, Beach served as chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee, Republican Staff.

Should he be confirmed by the Senate, Beach would succeed Erica L. Groshen, whose term ended in January.

John Zangardi, PhD public policy ’05, has been appointed chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

Most recently, Zangardi served as the acting chief information officer at the Department of Defense.

Oct. 31, 2017 Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Williams has been nominated to the postal commission, and Zangardi’s degree is a PhD in public policy.