U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson will appear on Tuesday, March 15, before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The committee will consider his nomination as the 39th director of the United States Mint.
Held in Room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., the open session hearing will be webcast live, right here, when it starts at 10:00 a.m. ET.
United States Mint directors are appointed to five-year terms. The post has been officially vacant since Edmund C. Moy, the 38th director, left for the private sector in January 2011. After Moy’s departure and until Jeppson took the helm as the principal deputy director on Jan. 12, 2015, Dick Peterson alternated between serving as deputy director and as acting director. Mr. Peterson is now the U.S. Mint deputy director for manufacturing and quality.
President Obama nominated Mr. Jeppson for the Mint’s top position in July 2015. If his nomination is sent with approval out of the Senate committee it will go before the full Senate for a vote.
Prior to becoming the Mint’s principal deputy director, Mr. Jeppson served as the Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Small Business Administration and was Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development. He also served 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Mr. Jeppson is Obama’s second nomination to the key position. President Obama nominated Bibiana Boerio, a former Ford Motor Company executive, on Sept. 19, 2012, during the 112th Congress. The Congressional session ended without acting on the appointment.