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Transition Watch: Donovan gets deputy at HUD

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The new sheriff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, now has a deputy.

The White House announced yesterday it nominated Ron Sims for the post.

Sims is the county executive of King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. As deputy, he will manage HUD’s day-to-day operations. HUD has a $39 billion operating budget and approximately 8,500 employees.

Donovan called Sims “the perfect deputy secretary candidate” saying:

His experience at the helm of a large urban government provides a critical perspective and his collaborative approach to problem-solving has prepared him to effectively lead HUD’s operations as the agency charts a new aggressive course.

Sims now faces Senate confirmation before he takes the post.

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Senate approves five Obama officials

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Barack Obama’s Cabinet is filling up. Last night the Senate confirmed:

In other confirmation news:

  • Susan Rice, Obama’s choice for U.N. ambassador, was approved.
  • Nancy Sutley was confirmed as chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
  • And finally, Lisa Jackson was given the green light to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, after Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., lifted his objection to a vote by unanimous consent.

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Collecting our confirmation coverage

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We’re camped out on Capitol Hill all week covering the transition hearings — and we thought you’d like a central place to follow our confirmation coverage. We’ll update this list as the week goes on. The full list is after the jump, and it’s sorted alphabetically by agency.

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Tracking the transition: HUD

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President-elect Barack Obama announced Saturday that New York City Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan, will be the nominee for secretary Housing and Urban Development.

As housing commissioner, Donovan expanded affordable housing in New York through plans to give tax breaks to developers who built affordable housing in upscale developments. He also launched a program to provide financial education, legal and credit assistance to those at risk of predatory lending.

As HUD Secretary, Donovan will be charged with carrying out Obama’s top housing priorities, such as modifying terms of mortgages to prevent foreclosures and expanding the amount of affordable housing.

You can read Obama’s speech announcing the pick here.

The New York Times has a quick guide to Donovan’s career here.

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