Keith's note: Dava Newman has been confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Administrator of NASA.
"I am delighted with the Senate confirmation of Dr. Dava Newman to be the Deputy Administrator of NASA. I am personally ecstatic to welcome her aboard at such a busy and exciting time as we continue to make extraordinary strides on our Journey to Mars."
NASA May Get New Deputy Administrator Next Week, Space Policy Online
"Senate Democrats announced today that agreement has been reached for the Senate to consider Dava Newman's nomination to be NASA Deputy Administrator on Monday, April 27. Newman would replace Lori Garver, who left the agency in September 2013. The Senate Democrats' website says that 30 minutes of debate on the nomination will begin at 5:00 pm ET divided equally between the parties. If all that time is used, the vote would occur at 5:30 pm ET. The Senate has been gridlocked on approving nominations for weeks because of a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over abortion language in a bill on human trafficking that held up a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General."
Is Dava Newman's Nomination In Limbo?, earlier post
"With impending food fights in the Republican-led Congress, such routine things as nominations may be stalled - or (worse) may become opportunities to score partisan points agains the Administration - with the nominee taking the brunt of the negative energy."