Federal Eye: Suggested Questions for Gary Locke

Some thought this day might never come!

Today the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for former Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D), President Obama’s third pick to serve as commerce secretary. The former county executive, who in recent years has worked on China and energy issues for a Seattle-area law firm, is considered a safe choice following the botched nominations of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg (R).

Prior to confirmation hearings for other potential Obama Cabinet members, the Eye posted possible questions for nominees as suggested by the Government Accountability Office, which issued a report last November that warned lawmakers and nominees of potential management and operational challenges at the nation’s 28 major government agencies and departments; our contribution to today’s hearing is below.

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