Jan 24, 2008

Biggs Nomination Formally Withdrawn -- Who's Next?

From Dow Jones:
The White House on Wednesday withdrew the formal nomination of Andrew G. Biggs as deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

Biggs was temporarily appointed last year despite a key Democrat's objections.

In April, President George W. Bush used a recess appointment to place Biggs in the No. 2 Social Security Administration job on a temporary basis. Bush acted after Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., vowed his panel wouldn't consider Biggs's nomination because of his support for private investment accounts within Social Security.

This would allow the President to nominate someone else for the Deputy Commissioner job, with a term to run until January 2013.

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