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In the Loop: White House Still Seeks Cyber-Chief (One of the Lesser Czars)

Go ahead, White House staffers, drink up. It's on the Navy's tab.
Go ahead, White House staffers, drink up. It's on the Navy's tab. (By Paul Sakuma -- Associated Press)

At a buck per drink, Orszag is saving $6 a day times six days a week -- like so many others, he takes his work seriously. So we're talking $36 a week or, subtracting a few weeks for vacation and travel, something approaching $1,500 a year in gifts, via the Navy, to the budget chief.

Well, it could be worse. Up until around the Nixon administration, we're told, the mess gave out free cigarettes.

Into the Records Fray

President Obama has nominated David S. Ferriero, chief executive of the research libraries at the New York Public Library, to be the archivist of the United States, a post that includes making sure highly sensitive presidential papers and electronic records are open and available to the public.

Before his New York job, Ferriero had been Duke University's librarian and had worked for 31 years before that in Massachusetts Institute of Technology libraries.

He succeeds Allen Weinstein, who resigned in December for health reasons.

The archivist job has become something of a lightning rod for controversy, particularly as various agencies and administrations press for keeping their records secret for decades despite strong pressures from historians and the public to declassify as much information as soon as possible.

The news comes two days before a scheduled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Archives and the lack of a permanent archivist.

The panel intends to question acting Archive officials about the disappearance of computer disks with information from the Clinton administration, including the Social Security numbers of several White House staffers and one of former vice president Al Gore's daughters.

Craig's New Gig

Keeping up with former senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) . . . Craig, who made a Minneapolis airport bathroom a major tourist attraction, has opened a consulting firm focusing on energy issues, according to the Associated Press. Craig has an office in Eagle, Idaho, and another here in Washington. He formed the company, New West Strategies, with Mike Ware, his former chief of staff.

OSHA Chief Nominated

The White House said Tuesday that epidemiologist David Michaels, a research professor in the department of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University, is Obama's pick to be assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

- With Alice Crites


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