The National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., has hired Brett T. Palmer to be managing director of government relations.[@@]

Palmer has served in the U.S. Department of Commerce as deputy assistant secretary for trade legislation and more recently as assistant secretary of commerce for the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

He also served as deputy chief of staff for Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and as policy assistant for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.