Sources: Rahm hires OMB official as senior adviser
By Al Kamen and Philip Rucker
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has hired a top budget official to be his senior adviser, setting off a round of musical chairs in the Obama administration.
Robert Nabors, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, is moving to the West Wing to become senior adviser to Emanuel, according to sources with knowledge of the move, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of personnel moves. Nabors will focus on appropriations, budget issues and other matters.
Nabors, the No. 2 budget official under OMB director Peter Orszag, is a former Clinton Administration official who and spent several years as a senior appropriations staffer on Capitol Hill.
Nabors will be replaced on an interim basis by Jeffrey Liebman, an associate OMB director, who joined the administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was a professor of public policy specializing in economics.
The sources said Gene Sperling, counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is a leading candidate to become the permanent deputy, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Sperling held senior positions in the Clinton Administration, including director of the National Economic Council, and was chief economic adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.
Other candidates include Liebman, who like Orszag worked under Sperling in the Clinton administration.
To track administration appointments, go to The Post's interactive graphic Head Count.
Al Kamen and Philip Rucker
February 26, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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