The Senate confirmed Eric Hirschhorn as Undersecretary of Commerce for Export Administration October 31. Mr. Hirschhorn will head the agency’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

The Senate confirmed Rebecca Blank as Deputy Secretary of Commerce November 1. Ms. Blank had served as acting secretary of commerce after Gary Locke left to become U.S. ambassador to China, and has also served as the agency’s acting chief operating officer.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote November 10 on several Department of Energy nominees, including: Gregory Woods to be general counsel, David Danielson to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Charles McConnell to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy.