Jonathan Silver, head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, resigned his position effective October 7. He had informed the agency this summer that he intended to leave shortly after the end of the fiscal year, and he will join Third Way as a distinguished visiting fellow.

The Senate Commerce Committee favorably reported the nomination of John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce October 6 to the full Senate. Forty-four GOP senators had previously blocked all of the president’s trade nominees until he submitted implementing legislation for the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. The president submitted implementing legislation for the pending FTAs to Congress on October 3 and floor action is anticipated this coming week.