Nancy Hogan Picked as New White House Personnel Director
By Al Kamen
White House aides were notified this morning that Nancy D. Hogan, chief of staff for White House personnel, has been picked to head that office, replacing office of personnel director Donald Gips, who has been nominated to be ambassador to South Africa. Hogan, who had been an aide to former Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.), takes over a grueling and often thankless job -- having to say "no" to jobseekers far more often than being able to say "yes." The post often has a high turnover in the course of a presidency.
Besides being the gatekeeper for White House jobs, the personnel director coordinates filling jobs throughout the government in the various agencies and on boards and commissions. The position calls for tip-toeing through countless political landmines ensuring that important constituencies and influential supporters' concerns are satisfied and issues such as diversity are handled smoothly. It is, as one office veteran put it, "a constant jig-saw puzzle, constantly poring over lists" of candidates.
Hogan, in addition to having worked on the Obama campaign, can count on allies from the extensive network of former Daschle and Senate aides sprinkled throughout key White House and top agencies.
Posted by: katn1084 | July 15, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dottydo | July 15, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dottydo | July 15, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.