From Steve Holland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (Reuters) – Neera Tanden, whose candidacy to head the White House budget was derailed after harsh criticism on Twitter by Republican opposition, was named White House Personnel Secretary on Friday, which she’s putting in a key. the role of the scene.
The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was announced during a morning appraisal interview, a White House official said.
The staff secretary position manages the flow of paper, distributes documents as part of the decision-making process to senior executives for comment, and is often referred to as the “nerve center” of the White House.
It’s a job that was once held by current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was the White House Secretary of Staff to Republican George W. Bush. Jessica Hertz previously held the position in the Biden White House.
Tanden will report to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
“Neera has more than two decades of experience in politics and management, which are crucial elements of the role. Her experience in domestic, economic and national security policy will be vital in this new role,” said the White House official .
Tanden, previously an adviser to former US President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-wing think tank, until she became a senior adviser to President Joe Biden in May.
Tanden drew criticism from Republicans for her tweets, and her appointment as director of the White House’s Bureau of Treasury Management was jeopardized after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he would not vote for her Senate approval, the 50-50 is divided between Democrats and Republicans.
She had withdrawn her name from consideration for the OMB job because of opposition in March.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Mark Porter)