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Clinton-Era Officials Lead Obama's Transition
    2008-11-14 00:00:57     Xinhua

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is hiring officials from the former Clinton administration to oversee the presidential transition effort, the New York Times reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, Obama named Joshua Gotbaum and Michael Warren, two former Clinton White House officials, to oversee the new administration's takeover of the Treasury Department.

Gotbaum worked for former President Bill Clinton as assistant secretary of defense, assistant Treasury secretary, and controller of the Office of Management and Budget.

Warren was executive director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.

The Obama transition team also named former Clinton administration officials Thomas Donilon and Wendy Sherman to head the transition for the State Department.

Donilon was assistant secretary of state for public affairs and State Department chief of staff under Clinton.

Sherman was counselor for the State Department and special adviser to the former president.

Two more Clinton-era officials, John P. White and Michele A. Flournoy, were also designated to oversee the takeover of the Defense Department.

White was a deputy secretary of defense from 1995 to 1997 under Clinton.

Flournoy was a deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction in the Clinton administration.



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