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
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(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.