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Inspector General Gets New Go-To Guy

Government Printing Office Inspector General Marc Nichols tapped entrepreneur and Air Force Academy graduate Steven Higgins as his new chief of staff in late August.

Higgins, 35, now oversees all inspections, evaluations and administrative services for the Inspector General’s office.

The Houston native comes to the GPO from running his own business in Denver. He has served as senior vice president of marketing and business development for SAIC/Telcordia Technologies Inc., and worked in the military as a financial analyst for Lockheed Martin’s missile systems division and program manager for the U.S. Air Force Airborne Surveillance System. Higgins graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993.

Committee Budgets Two New Staffers. House Budget Chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) announced the addition of two new staffers to the committee last month. Stephanie Strategos Polis is the committee’s new director of coalitions and outreach, and Jonathan Romito is the special assistant.

Polis comes to the office with a large portfolio of Capitol Hill experience, including two and a half years as director of external affairs for the Republican National Committee, a stint as deputy liaison of House relations and deputy director of Senate relations for The Heritage Foundation. She has also worked on numerous Congressional staffs. The 29-year-old Madison, Wis., native is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

As the new special assistant Romito will be handling front office duties for the committee. Romito, 24, is from Boxford, Mass., and attended St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Meet the Press Men. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) started the fall season on Capitol Hill with two new pick-ups in her press office. Ted McEnroe joined the Pine Tree State Senator’s office last month as the new press secretary, and Jason Galanes has recently taken on the duties of deputy press secretary.

McEnroe, 36, comes to the office after working for 14 years in radio and television, most recently as an executive producer for WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine. He has also worked for stations in Rhode Island, Florida and Connecticut. The South Portland, Maine, native is a graduate of Brown University and received a master’s in teaching from Brown and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Galanes joined Snowe’s staff in July after working for Witeck-Combs Communications in Washington, D.C. Hailing from Rollinsford, N.H., Galanes graduated from the University of Southern California last year and is working toward his master’s in political management at George Washington University.

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