After months of rumors, President Barack Obama today officially nominated White House ethics czar Norman Eisen to be ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Eisen's current title is special assistant to the president and special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform. He is the point person for the administration on issues of ethics, government transparency and lobbying reform, and has served as the face of the administration's new restrictions on lobbyists. Read an earlier National Law Journal Q&A with Eisen here.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the White House would fill Eisen's current post. A White House official, speaking on background, would only say that Eisen's portfolio "will continue to be an important part of the president's agenda" and the White House counsel's office.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Eisen was a partner at Washington's Zuckerman Spaeder before joining the Obama administration, and also worked on the presidential transition team. He is a co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group.