WASHINGTON UPDATE

Feb. 5, 1977, 7 a.m.

Now that the main play­ers are in place, the “sub-Cab­in­et” levels of the White House staff are also be­ing filled. Richard Harden, a mem­ber of Pres­id­ent Carter’s staff when he was gov­ernor, will be spe­cial as­sist­ant for budget and or­gan­iz­a­tion — the Pres­id­ent’s budget, that is, not the fed­er­al one. Harden had some re­spons­ib­il­ity dur­ing the trans­ition for ne­go­ti­at­ing White House per­son­nel levels with those in charge of the vari­ous areas and has been de­scribed as “the man in charge of tak­ing the perks away.”

Rick Hutcheson, Carter’s del­eg­ate se­lec­tion co­ordin­at­or, will now handle the Pres­id­ent’s pa­per flow.

Landon But­ler, cam­paign polit­ic­al dir­ect­or, will serve as deputy to Hamilton Jordan.

Greg Schneiders, the Carter cam­paign aide whose FBI in­vest­ig­a­tion turned up a his­tory of bad busi­ness deal­ings, was cleared of any im­pro­pri­ety by the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Wash­ing­ton and has been named a spe­cial as­sist­ant for pro­jects. His first — hand­ling the White House mail situ­ation.

Barry Ja­goda, a former pro­du­cer for CBS News, and cam­paign tele­vi­sion ad­viser has been named spe­cial as­sist­ant to the Pres­id­ent for me­dia and pub­lic af­fairs. Richard Neustadt, who, like Ja­goda, was a press spokes­man for the trans­ition of­fice, will serve as his deputy.

One of the last ma­jor po­s­i­tions in the White House press of­fice has been filled by a mem­ber of the cur­rent class of White House fel­lows, Wil­li­am J. Drum­mond, a black and former Jer­u­s­alem bur­eau chief for The Los Angeles Times, will be an as­sist­ant un­der deputy press sec­ret­ary Rex Gran­um and will spe­cial­ize in do­mest­ic is­sues. One spot left to be filled is the ed­it­or of the Pres­id­ent’s press con­fer­ence brief­ing books.

Still more journ­al­ists fill up the ranks of the White House speech writers un­der James Fal­lows.Griffin Smith of Texas Monthly magazine, Achsah Ne­smith of the At­lanta Con­sti­tu­tion and Jerry Doolittle, a free lance writer for Time-Life Books Inc. and cam­paign press aide, will serve on the staff.

More per­sons are in line for Jack Wat­son’s staff. Jim Par­ham, chief ex­ec­ut­ive of­ficer of the Geor­gia De­part­ment of Hu­man Re­sources un­der Wat­son, will be chief ex­ec­ut­ive of­ficer. Cyn­thia Wilkes, Wat­son’s ad­min­is­trat­ive as­sist­ant in that de­part­ment, will serve in the same post in the White House. And Jane Lakes Frank, chief coun­sel and staff dir­ect­or of the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Sub­com­mit­tee on Con­sti­tu­tion­al Rights and an aide to former Sen. John V. Tun­ney, D-Cal­if., will work on Cab­in­et mat­ters.

James B. King, the new White House per­son­nel dir­ect­or, has filled four of the top five po­s­i­tions in his of­fice, which ul­ti­mately will have a staff of 18. King, former dir­ect­or of com­munity af­fairs and mar­ket­ing for the Mas­sachu­setts Bay Trans­it Au­thor­ity, was Carter’s trip dir­ect­or dur­ing the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign. His deputy is Jim Gam­mill, a 1975 Har­vard gradu­ate who began work­ing for the Carter cam­paign dur­ing the primar­ies. Two wo­men are the as­so­ci­ate dir­ect­ors with re­spons­ib­il­ity for all ex­ec­ut­ive de­part­ments and agen­cies. Lis­beth God­ley, whose de­part­ments are In­teri­or, Justice, Labor, Treas­ury and Com­merce, was a Wash­ing­ton at­tor­ney who traveled with Vice Pres­id­ent Wal­ter F. Mondale dur­ing the cam­paign. Di­ana Rock (Ag­ri­cul­ture, Trans­port­a­tion, State, De­fense, Health, Edu­ca­tion and Wel­fare and Hous­ing and Urb­an De­vel­op­ment) was a le­gis­lat­ive rep­res­ent­at­ive with the Amer­ic­an Fed­er­a­tion of State, County and Mu­ni­cip­al Em­ploy­ees. Mi­chael Cush­ing, a former ad­min­is­trat­ive as­sist­ant for a Cali­for­nia state rep­res­ent­at­ive, is the as­so­ci­ate dir­ect­or for in­tern­al op­er­a­tions.The fi­nal as­so­ci­ate dir­ect­or, whose job will be re­cruit­ing, es­pe­cially of minor­it­ies, has not been chosen.

Chip Carter, mean­while, will not be work­ing for his fath­er but in­stead will work on spe­cial pro­jects for the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee.

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