Gay man tapped for White House

President-elect Barack Obama made several more staff appointments this week, including the selection of an openly gay member of his transition team for a White House staff position.

Bradley J. Kiley, the current director of operations for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, will serve as the director of the Office of Management and Administration.

According to the White House Web site, the director oversees the administration of the Executive Office of the President, including “financial-management and information-technology support, human-resources management, library and research assistance, facilities management, procurement, printing and graphics support, security and mail and messenger operations.”

Kiley will also represent the EOP before Congressional funding panels and oversee the submission of the annual EOP Budget Request.

Kiley is no stranger to White House administration, having previously served as deputy assistant to the president for management and administration under former President Bill Clinton.

Most recently, Kiley served as the vice president of finance and operations at The Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive think tank.

John Neurohr, spokesperson for The Center for American Progress, said Kiley will be a valuable asset to the Obama team.

“Throughout his career, Brad has been an outstanding leader and professional, making the toughest of jobs and offices run seamlessly,” Neurohr said. “We will miss him dearly at CAP, but know that he will be an integral part of President-elect Obama’s White House.”

Kiley also worked as the director of finance and administration for the 1996 Democratic National Convention and at the International AIDS Trust.

Obama has yet to appoint an openly gay individual to his Cabinet, but did tap Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

In addition to Kiley, Obama’s transition team has six other openly gay members.

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