White House technology chief logs out
January 27th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

White House technology chief logs out

On the same day that outgoing White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said his goodbyes, the White House announced another Obama staff departure.

The White House today announced the departure of Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President and the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

President Obama said, “As the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”

Topics: Staff Changes • White House
Leaving: Robert Gates
April 27th, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Obama selects Panetta for Defense Secretary, Petraeus for C.I.A.

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the most extensive reshaping of the Obama administration's national security team to date, the president will name CIA director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, a senior defense official and another U.S. official said Wednesday.

It took a meeting with President Obama to convince Panetta to accept the job, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. Panetta has been happy serving at the CIA, but "believes strongly in public service and answering the call from the commander-in-chief," the source said.

Obama will also name Gen. David Petraeus, now the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, as the replacement for Panetta as CIA director, a senior defense official said. FULL POST

Topics: Afghanistan • President Obama • Sec Gates • Staff Changes • The News
Obama names Daley chief of staff
January 6th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Obama names Daley chief of staff

 President Obama will name former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley his new chief of staff, according to three senior administration officials, as a dramatic reshuffling of the White House staff kicks into high gear.

The officials said Obama will also elevate interim chief of staff Pete Rouse, who had been serving as a senior adviser before replacing Rahm Emanuel on a temporary basis, to the role of counselor to the president. Obama himself will make the announcements official at 2:30pm ET at the White House.

The moves come just one day after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed that he will be stepping down in a few weeks. His exit will come after the State of the Union Address later this month, around the same time that senior adviser David Axelrod departs as well, in what Gibbs himself a "major retooling" of a White House dealing now with a closely divided Congress.

By tapping Daley, Obama is showing signs that he is reaching for help from Clinton administration veterans who had to dig out of the last major Democratic shellacking in the 1994 election. Senior officials expect that on Friday Obama will name Gene Sperling, another Clinton veteran who is currently working at the Treasury Department, to replace Larry Summers as the chair of the National Economic Council at the White House.


Topics: Staff Changes • The News • White House • William Daley
January 6th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Volcker stepping down from White House advisory post

WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is stepping down as chairman of President Obama's outside economic advisory panel, according to Democratic sources familiar with the move, as the reshuffling of the White House's economic team continues.

The announcement comes as senior officials say Obama is expected on Friday to make a much more substantial move by officially naming Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers as the chairman of the National Economic Council, the key policymaking office inside the White House.  FULL POST

Topics: Economy • President Obama • Staff Changes