The U.S. Mint has been without a presidentially appointed Mint
director since Edmund C. Moy left the post Jan. 9, 2011, for the
President Obama made one attempt to fill the vacancy when he
nominated Bibiana “Bibie” Boerio, a former Ford Motor Co. executive in
Detroit, on Sept. 19, 2012, during the 112th Congress.
Boerio’s nomination was not acted upon by the Senate Banking,
Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and was not sent to the full U.S.
Senate before the congressional session ended Jan. 3, 2013.
President Obama has elected not to resubmit Boerio’s nomination
for consideration a second time and has not proposed another candidate
to lead the nation’s coin producer.
Boerio is currently serving as interim president of Seton Hill
University in Greensburg, Pa.
In the absence of a Mint director, Dick Peterson has been
alternating between serving as deputy U.S. Mint director and as acting
Mint director since being named to both positions Jan. 25, 2011.
Peterson served as the Mint’s associate director for manufacturing
from October 2008 until being named deputy Mint director and acting
Mint director by U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios, who has
oversight over the U.S. Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Peterson became deputy Mint director to fill the vacancy created by
the departure of Andrew W. Brunhart, who left the Mint for the BEP on
Jan. 13, 2011, four days after Moy’s exit.
Under provisions of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998,
Public Law 105-277, Peterson can serve no more than 210 consecutive
days in an acting capacity. Peterson, who is currently serving in the
capacity of deputy Mint director, has served as acting Mint director
more than once. While the Mint director’s position is presidentially
appointed and Senate-approved, the deputy Mint director’s slot is
governed by civil service regulations.
Each time Peterson has moved into his role as acting Mint
director, the Mint’s executive hierarchy has been shuffled, with some
personnel sometimes performing two jobs, with one job performed in an
Other than the failed Boerio appointment, no movement has been
seen at the White House to name a successor to former Mint Director Moy.
It has been customary that when a new president takes office,
presidential appointees, including the director of the Mint, submit
their resignations to the chief executive. It is up to the incoming
president to accept or deny those resignation proffers.
Moy, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush as the 38th
director of the United States Mint, took the oath of office for a
five-year term during the first week of September 2006.
Obama took the oath of office as president, beginning the first of
his two four-year terms, on Jan. 20, 2009.
Moy never submitted a letter of resignation to Obama and Obama
never took steps to remove Moy from office by seeking Moy’s resignation.
Moy left the Mint in January 2011, eight months before his term
Moy currently serves as chief strategist for Morgan Gold. ■