If the Huffington Post writes about, it must be something that we already know.
And, indeed, we mentioned the John Thompson as Commerce Secretary rumor a couple of weeks ago. It's reached full-blast IMPENDING status now. (Although, please do know that while a decision may indeed be imminent, who it will be won't be a sure thing until the WH actually makes a final decision). [UPDATE 2/3: Senator Gregg's nomination to the post certainly underlines this fact. It will be interesting to see what happens with Thompson next].
Whether he actually gets appointed or not, if you aren't familiar with Thompson, do yourself a favor and check out this quick video of the Symantec CEO and Chairman giving a few words at TechNet's inaugural reception. Credit goes to Tech Daily Dose.
And, if it isn't already abundantly obvious, having a such a worthy representative of Silicon Valley as Commerce Chairman would be a big deal, indeed. For the past two decades, some of the most powerful tech-policy advocates in the Bush and Clinton administrations have either been under-secretaries of Commerce or have been leaders at the Commerce bureau of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Having the busy boss fully understand what these people do and why would be invaluable.
Basic background on the Commerce Department:
The historic mission of the Department is "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce" of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation's economic development and technological advancement. The Department fulfills this mission by:
a. Participating with other Government agencies in the creation of national policy, through the President's Cabinet and its subdivisions.
b. Promoting and assisting international trade.
c. Strengthening the international economic position of the United States.
d. Promoting progressive domestic business policies and growth.
e. Improving comprehension and uses of the physical environment and its oceanic life.
f. Ensuring effective use and growth of the Nation's scientific and technical resources.
g. Acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating information regarding the Nation and the economy to help achieve increased social and economic benefit.
h. Assisting states, communities, and individuals with economic progress.
Below is a snapshot (literally) of the different Commerce bureaus: