May 5, 2023 - Politics & Policy
Scoop: Neera Tanden to lead Domestic Policy Council
Neera Tanden will replace Susan Rice as the head of the Domestic Policy Council, according to Biden officials familiar with the move.
- Stef Feldman, senior adviser to Rice and a longtime Biden aide, will replace Tanden as staff secretary, the important post that controls the flow of paper into the Oval Office.
Why it matters: It further boosts Tanden in the Biden White House after she started the administration with a failed confirmation battle to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
Between the lines: Tanden's portfolio will include economic mobility, racial equity, health care, immigration and education, according to the White House.
- Feldman, a Biden loyalist who was policy director on his presidential campaign and worked for him during the Obama administration, now will help oversee the presidential decision-making process for the economic, national security and domestic policy teams.
What they're saying: "While growing up, Neera relied on some of the critical programs that she will oversee as Domestic Policy Advisor, and I know those insights will serve my administration and the American people well," President Biden said in a statement.
- "I look forward to continuing to work closely with Neera in her new role."
- On Feldman's new position, Biden said: "Stef is one of my longest-serving and most trusted advisors....I have now asked her to serve as staff secretary because I know I can trust her to ensure that I am equipped with the best advice and counsel.”