Democratic officials tell ABC News that President-elect Obama has tapped former Rep. Leon Panetta, D-Calif., to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Panetta, who served as both director of the Office of Management and Budget and chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton, is well regarded in Washington and served as a member of the Iraq Study Group. But he has little apparent experience in intelligence matters other than during his time in the Army, from which he was discharged in 1966.
Panetta, who served in Congress from 1977 until 1993, is regarded as a good manager. Author of the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988 and the Fair Employment Practices Resolution which extended civil rights protections to employees of the House of Representatives, Panetta chaired the House Committee on the Budget from 1989 until 1993.