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Obama Has Still Not Nominated a New SBA Administrator

In Hot Stuff on December 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM

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December 5, 2013
President Has Still Not Nominated a New SBA Administrator
obamakarenmills-300x193.jpg%20By Charles H. Green

J.D. Harrison reminds us that in early 2012, President Obama elevated the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level position, a move he said would "make sure that small-business owners have their own seat at the table in our Cabinet meetings."

One year later, on Feb. 11, 2013, SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced she was resigning her post, presumably prompting the administration to start searching for a replacement. Mills initially pledged to stay in place until that individual was found. That was 298 days ago.

The Washington Post article points out that not only is the search for a new SBA Administrator incomplete, there’s no confirmation that it’s even started.

A follow up article in Bloomberg adds the context of previous gaps in service, where the agency did not have a permanent chief, and this time is not the longest, at least so far. But since Karen Mill’s announced plans to resign, the President has nominated over 270 people for other positions.

The White House didn’t respond to an from Bloomberg e-mail seeking comment. It also hasn’t commented on past inquiries regarding the future leadership of the agency. In August, rumors circulated that one potential nominee had been disqualified by a background check. Conventional wisdom has also held that the White House would likely opt for a female, black, or Hispanic nominee, to emphasize the agency’s efforts to support woman- and minority-owned businesses.

Regardless of the reason for the delay, it’s unusual for the agency to go very long without a permanent administrator.

Read more at Washington Post.

Read more at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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