Trump Nominates Another Education Official. This Time It’s To Track Finances

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President Donald Trump nominated a risk management veteran to be the Department of Education’s chief financial officer.

Trump sent his nomination of Douglas Webster, director of risk management for the U.S. Agency for International Development, to the Senate for approval Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.

Webster served in the Air Force for more than two decades and obtained 24 years of experience in financial management for the federal government. He also served as chief financial officer for the Department of Labor during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency.

The nominee has an extensive education in business and engineering as well. Webster obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, a systems management master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a business administration doctorate at the U.S. International University. He has also co-authored books on risk management, organizational change management, and risk management.

A certified government financial manager, Webster has won awards for risk management and accounting in the international sector.

If the Senate confirms him, Webster will advise Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on financial management, acquisition of funds, as well as the distribution of funds through grants. With Webster’s nomination, Trump has selected eight candidates for roles at the Education Department, which still has 15 significant positions to fill.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Education Department for comment, but received none in time for press.

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