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Joe Biden chooses familiar faces to chair FEMA and CIA – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines – CVBJ

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate New York Emergency Commissioner Deanne Criswell to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and former CIA Deputy Director David Cohen to return to the agency where you covered during the presidency of Barack Obama.

These selections, along with a trio of additional nominations confirmed to The Associated Press, reveal that the president values ​​experience and perhaps confidence above all else in occupying leadership positions in federal agencies with less than a week to go before his inauguration.

Biden will also nominate former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler to help lead the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Kessler has served as co-chair of its advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said the Donald Trump administration’s vaccination campaign was a “regrettable failure” and that he will come up with his own plan to speed up immunizations.

Criswell, who for five years under Obama’s presidency held senior positions in FEMA, is the first woman nominated to lead the body whose main task is to coordinate responses to major disasters in the country that require the participation of the federal government.

Cohen, deputy director of the CIA from 2015 to 2017, has traveled the world for years to track money reaching terrorist groups like the Islamic State. As the director of the intelligence unit of the Treasury Department, he was known as the “financial batman” and the “sanctions guru.”

In 2019 he had a cameo on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”