Former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello (D), most recently head of the Center for American Progress Action Fund,  is moving to the State Department to oversee the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). This effort, modeled after the Pentagon’s similar initiative, is to take a hard look at the efficiency, successes or failures of State Department efforts in diplomacy and foreign aid. It’s a full-time gig.

Turns out Perriello,  and Secretary of State John F. Kerry go back a long way. Perriello, then a 22-year-old, worked on Kerry’s 1996 Senate campaign, working on getting out the environmental vote. Seems they began private talks nearly a year ago about Perriello’s coming over to the State Department.

Perriello, a staunch liberal — Time magazine called him an “unapologetic progressive” —  squeaked to victory in a GOP-leaning district in central Virginia in 2008 but lost the seat two years later.