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White House Press Office Chief of Staff Leaving for New Role at Energy Department

  • Chief of staff for White House press office relocating to DOE
  • Finney held an outsized role in the West Wing press shop

Amanda Finney, chief of staff for the White House press office, is departing the West Wing for a senior communications post at the Energy Department, amid a broad reshuffling of communications staff following the departure of former press secretary Jen Psaki.

Finney -- who joined the press operation during the presidential transition -- held an outsized role in the West Wing. Traditionally, assistants to the press secretary serve as a gatekeeper to the president’s lead spokesperson, while managing a small staff of press assistants known as “wranglers,” who usher members of the media to and from presidential events.