Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ann Stock Confirmed to Head ECA
The Washington Post reports that Ann Stock has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/06/this_just_in_ann_stock.html Hopefully, one of her first orders of business will be to restore transparency and accountability at the Bureau's Cultural Heritage Center and ensure the bureaucracy's fidelity to both the words and the spirit of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/search/label/CPAC and http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/search/label/transparency Stock will presumably be the decision maker for the pending renewal of the State Department's MOU with Italy. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/search/label/Italian%20MOU Hopefully, she will heed the views of the 2000 or so coin collectors who expressed concern that the renewal might be used to extend new restrictions to coins.