Breaking News

Tweet TWEET

Obama Said to Choose Raskin for Deputy Treasury Secretary

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin was nominated to the Fed in March of 2010. Close

Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin was nominated to the Fed in March of 2010.

Close
Open
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin was nominated to the Fed in March of 2010.

President Barack Obama plans to name Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin as deputy Treasury Secretary, making her the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Treasury department, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Raskin, 52, has been vetted for the position and Obama plans to nominate her in the coming weeks, according to the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss the personnel decision before an announcement. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has been told of the choice, according to one of the people.

Prior to serving as Maryland’s top financial regulator from 2007 to 2010, Raskin was a managing director at Promontory Financial Group, which advises banks. She was nominated to the Fed in March of 2010.

Her departure will leave a second opening on the Fed’s board. Governor Elizabeth Duke, who also focused on regulation, announced July 11 that she would be leaving the central bank at the end of August.

In addition, Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s term ends early next year. Obama is considering “several candidates,” said National Economic Council director Gene Sperling, at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington today.

The president has indicated he won’t make an announcement on a replacement until after August.

Obama defended former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, a potential candidate for Fed Chairman, in a meeting with Congressional Democrats today.

“He took a minute to stand up for Larry Summers,” said Representative Brad Sherman of California. Obama told Democrats he hadn’t made a decision about whom to appoint as Fed chairman.

White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage didn’t respond to a request for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hans Nichols in Washington at hnichols2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.