More OMB, White House picks announced

While it may seem like Washington has fallen into an inauguration frenzy this past weekend, the transition team of freshly sworn-in President Obama has still been hard at work, churning out more appointments.

On Monday, key posts at the Office of Management and Budget were announced:

  • Jeffrey Liebman, currently a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will be the OMB executive associate director;
  • Preeta Bansal will be OMB's general counsel and senior policy adviser. She is currently a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York;
  • Steve Kosiak will be associate director for defense and international affairs; he is currently vice president for Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments;
  • Robert Gordon, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will be associate director for education, income maintenance and labor;
  • Xavier de Souza Briggs was announced as associate director for general government programs. He is currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • Kenneth Baer will be associate director for communications and strategic planning, after running his own communications consulting firm, Baer Communications, LLC.
On Friday, Obama announced a handful more White House staff positions, many of whom are stay-ons from his campaign:
  • Danielle Crutchfield will continue as the president's official scheduler;
  • Obama's campaign trip director, Marvin Nicholson, will also remain at his post;
  • Emmett Beliveau will transition from his post as executive director and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee to be Obama's director of advance. He also held this position during the campaign;
  • Patrick Dillon will be deputy director of political affairs. Dillon has served as Iowa Gov. Chet Culver's chief of staff since 2006.
Check out the blog Lost in Transition, a joint effort of Government Executive and National Journal.
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