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COMMISSION NAMES PEHRKON STAFF DIRECTOR
WASHINGTON The Federal Election Commission today selected James A. Pehrkon as its staff director, replacing John C. Surina who left the agency last year for a position in the Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Pehrkon has been serving as Acting Staff Director for several months, and before that served as the agencys Deputy Staff Director for Management. He has overseen the FECs response to the recent performance audit and management review undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at the direction of Congress.
That audit found the FEC to be a competently managed organization with a skilled and motivated staff, but suggested several changes and improvements, such as more use of electronic filing by reporting entities. Mr. Pehrkon recently prepared a report on the FECs plans for responding to PwCs recommendations. His report noted certain changes already under way and included plans for the use of outside consultants to assist with several projects.
The Commission has directed Mr. Pehrkon to continue his efforts to recommend and implement improvements in the FECs operations. His experience and knowledge will be invaluable in this regard.
Mr. Pehrkon is a graduate of Harvard University. He also studied at the graduate level at Georgetown University. He and his wife, Elena, make their home in Great Falls, VA.
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