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U.S. Government News: 6 Cabinet Positions Could Open & Michael Morrell Becomes CIA's Acting Director
Michael Morrell will lead the CIA after David Petraeus resigned and in his second term, Obama could be looking to fill six cabinet positions
This release will look at two of the most important articles published, specifically the government executives that were focused on in the pieces.
According to recent article by Sophie Quintin of GovExec, the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, State, Transportation and Treasury are likely to see changes in leadership in Obama's second term.
This is the historic trend as usually one out of two cabinet officers leave after the first term, according to the article.
In terms of possible replacements for the major cabinet position of Secretary of Defense, there are a number of names on the table.
Officials such as Michele Flournoy, former defense policy undersecretary and Ashton Carter, currently the deputy secretary are being floated around.
Other possibilities include Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.
In other news, Michael Morrell will assume the position of acting head of the CIA for the second time under President Obama after the resignation of David Petraeus.
The first time he stepped into the CIA director role was when Leon Panetta was chosen as Secretary of Defense and Morrell, who had been named deputy director in May 2010 stepped into Panetta's position.
During his time at the CIA he has delivered presidential briefings during parts of the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and guessed al Qaeda as the responsible party in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks without having seen any intelligence.
The ExecutiveGov article gives a detailed description of his 32-year at the agency and the successes that have led him to his current post.
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