White House Office of the Staff Secretary

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The Staff Secretary is a position in the White House Office, responsible for managing communications to the president and circulating documents among senior staff for comment. Sometimes described as "the nerve center of the White House," the position was created under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under Eisenhower, the first staff secretaries focused particularly on screening national security communications; in this role, Colonel Andrew J. Goodpaster was thought to overshadow the President's special assistant for national security.[1]

The Office of the Staff Secretary, along with it's sub-offices -- the Office of the Executive Clerk, the Office of Records Management, and the Office of Presidential Correspondence -- is the largest of the White House Offices.[2]

Joani Walsh is the current Staff Secretary in the Administration of President Barack Obama. She previously served as an Assistant Staff Secretary earlier in the administration.

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