WASHINGTON: Indian-American policy expert Neera Tanden, a close confidant of US President Joe Biden, has been named White House staff secretary.
Tanden’ s appointment comes eight months after Republican lawmakers scuttled her nomination to another key post.
Tanden, 51, a senior adviser to President Biden was named White House staff secretary on a morning staff call on Friday, the CNN reported.
The White House staff secretary is a behind-the-scenes but critical role in the West Wing, responsible for managing paper flow to the President from other areas of the administration and federal government. The person filling the job has been viewed as one of the most powerful in the building, it said.
In addition to her new duties, Tanden will keep her senior adviser title “and will continue to provide leadership on particular projects and initiatives,” Politico reported, quoting a White House official.