White House busy planning for a second term

So far, Obama hasn’t gotten very involved in the second-term personnel or policy planning, according to a senior White House aide. But Chief of Staff Jack Lew, deputy chief of staff Pete Rouse, Domestic Policy Council Chairwoman Cecilia Muñoz and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors are crafting second-term legislative and policy plans for how Obama would deal with Congress under all the different possible outcomes from the November elections…

The aide said that there’s an expectation of “widespread turnover.” Energy Secretary Steven Chu, for example, has frustrated the administration with his lack of political skills, while Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has shown interest in returning to Colorado to be closer to a young granddaughter who has autism.

Jonathan Orszag, a former Clinton White House economic adviser on Obama’s 2008 transition team, said the Office of Management and Budget is already deep into writing one key second-term planning document: The fiscal 2014 budget request. White House advisers like National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling are also prepping two versions of spending and policy plans — one assuming that there is a fiscal cliff deal and one assuming there isn’t.

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