• BGR Government Affairs has brought on David Boyer as a vice president and co-director of the shop’s health care practice. Previously, Boyer was senior director of federal affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America where he lobbied Senate Republicans.
• Elizabeth Ward, a budget policy officer for the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, has joined the Federation of American Hospitals as vice president for health finance, a new position.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.