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Justice Dept.'s 2nd in command stepping aside

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Carrie Johnson:

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, the Justice Department's second in command, will step aside Feb. 10 to return to private law practice in Washington.

The deputy AG post, one of the most critical in the department, will be filled on an acting basis by deputy assistant attorney general Gary Grindler, said two sources familiar with the move, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personnel matters. Grindler has been handling sensitive issues this year for the department's criminal division.

Ogden had managed the day-to-day operations of the department's more than 100,000 employees since his Senate confirmation earlier this year. He served as a senior Justice Department official managing the civil division during the Clinton administration and co-led the transition team after President Obama was elected last year.

In recent weeks, Ogden suffered from a painful bout of appendicitis, which required hospitalization and may have prompted him to think about his future, two friends said in interviews.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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