More Staffing News at the White House

Jan 7, 2011 8:39am

The president's new staff is falling into place, though White House officials say the search for the replacement for departing press secretary Robert Gibbs is just beginning.

At a manufacturing plant in Maryland today, the president will announce the appointment of Gene Sperling to head the National Economic Council, a job Sperling also held during the Clinton administration. That post is being vacated by Larry Summers.

The president will also name Jason Furman as assistant to the president for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, and he will announce his intent to nominate Katharine G. Abraham as Member of the Council of Economic Advisers and Heather Higginbottom as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

White House officials say the three main administration candidates to replace Gibbs include deputy press secretary Bill Burton, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, and Vice President Biden's communication director Jay Carney.

This will be the first major personnel decision that incoming White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will have a hand in, and there's word inside the White House that he's interested in having a woman at the podium.

Outside-the-administration candidates are also possible such as former DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney.

White House officials say Daley will bring his former Commerce Department chief of staff David Lane to the White House. Lane is currently president and CEO of the ONE campaign. Officials say Daley also wants to bring onboard Rod O’Connor, former chief of staff of the DNC.

We covered the staffing shakeup on Good Morning America this morning:

-Jake Tapper

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