Neera Tanden has been named White House staff secretary
Neera Tanden, whose bid to become White House budget chief was halted by Republican resistance after her sharp criticisms of them on Twitter, was appointed White house staff secretary on Friday, placing her in a key behind-the-scenes role.
The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was announced during a morning staff call, according to .
The staff secretary job oversees the paper flow, distributes documents among senior staff for comment as part of the decision-making process, and is often referred to as the White House's "nerve center."
It was once held by current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was assistant secretary for Republican George W. Bush's White House. Jessica Hertz has held the position in the Biden White House until now.
Tanden will report to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
"Neera has over two decades of expertise in policy and management, which are essential components of the job," she said. Her experience in domestic, economic, and national security policy will be a key asset in this new role, the White House official said.
Tanden, who was previously an adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had been serving as president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning think tank, until she became ostensibly entrusted to President Joe Biden in May.
Tanden's tweets drew criticism from Republicans, and her nomination to be White House'' Office of Budget Management director was put in jeopardy when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he would not vote to approve her in the 50-50 Senate.
Because of the opposition to her candidature, she had withdrawn her name from consideration for the OMB job in March.