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Obama Is Adding New Advisers to His National Economic Council

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July 24 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama is shuffling his National Economic Council as he replaces aides who have either left the administration or been promoted.

Byron Auguste, a director at McKinsey & Co. who runs their social-sector practice in Washington, will become a deputy director of the NEC, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

John Friedman, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy’s School of Government, will become a part of the council as a special assistant to the president for economic policy. He will join Seth Wheeler, a housing specialist who is already working as a senior policy adviser at the NEC.

Sameera Fazili, a former policy analyst at the Treasury Department, has also joined the NEC and has been working on the Detroit bankruptcy issue.

The NEC coordinates domestic and international economic advice and policy for the administration. The full council draws from executive branch agencies and departments.

The personnel moves were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal. Carney was speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama traveled to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, for an economic address.

--. Editors: Joe Sobczyk, Robin Meszoly

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