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Official: Duties change for top Obama aide Daley

By Dan Lothian, CNN White House Correspondent
updated 12:58 AM EST, Tue November 8, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • WSJ: Bill Daley is turning over day-to-day management of the White House
  • A senior administration official calls the reporting "flat wrong"

Washington (CNN) -- A senior administration official disputed a Wall Street Journal story that said Bill Daley, the White House chief of staff, was turning over day-to-day management of the West Wing.

"That's just flat wrong," the official told CNN late Monday. "Daley is chief of staff. He is not turning over day-to-day management of the White House."

The Wall Street Journal reported on its website that Daley had shifted his core duties to Pete Rouse, a veteran aide to President Barack Obama, some 10 months after taking up the post and following difficult negotiations with Congress over the debt ceiling.

"Pete will remain counselor to the president. His assignment is to better coordinate the work of the White House staff as we implement the president's policies," the official said. "This is part of Bill's effort to make the White House staff as effective and efficient as possible, and it stretches back many weeks."

Rouse, meanwhile, will operate something like the chief operations officer of the White House, according to the administration official. "It's a move designed to improve internal communication and maximize performance," the official said.

The Wall Street Journal report said it's unusual for a White House chief of staff to give up part of the job.

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