Five Best Jobs Left in Obama Administration

Highest-profile unfilled slots are energy, intelligence positions

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 5, 2008 1:12 PM CST

(Newser) – State and Defense are taken, but Barack Obama has yet to fill several high-level administration positions. Politico looks at the top five open jobs:

  • Energy Secretary: Sustainable energy will remain a priority, despite the attention the economy will draw away. Key candidates: Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Dan Reicher and Sonal Shah, both of Google.

  • Directors of CIA and national intelligence: Powerful posts will require diplomatic leaders who disapprove of torture. Former Rep. Tim Roemer could fill either spot.
  • Chief technology officer: Sort of the ultimate IT guy, who might head up some virtual public-works plans. Google honcho Vinton Cerf is the top name.
  • Secretary of Labor: Given his union support, Obama needs someone who will advocate workplace standards. Granholm and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius head this list.

Graphic shows President-elect Barack Obama's appointments to the Cabinet so far.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, is set to be Barack Obama's Secretary of Commerce. There are plenty of jobs still open, though.   (AP Photo)
This photo shows President-elect Barack Obama with Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton and James Jones, the former Marine general who's the National Security Adviser-designate.   (AP Photo)
Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan visited with outgoing Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in Washington Thursday, on what he said was a purely social call.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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