Why the Long Wait for a New SBA Chief?

President Obama and former Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills in Cleveland in 2011 Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Karen Mills announced her resignation as administrator of the Small Business Administration in February, but didn’t leave the agency until August, when she decamped for a job at Harvard University. That same month, Mills’s deputy Jeanne Hulit was named acting administrator. President Obama has nominated more than 270 people to public office in the 10 months since Mills announced plans to leave the agency, the Washington Post pointed out last week. A permanent replacement for Mills wasn’t one of them.

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