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The Assistant to the President and 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]. Prior to 1989, the staff secretary was designated as a Deputy Assistant to the President. Lisa Brown, an attorney and Executive Director of the American Constitution Society, is currently staff secretary to President Barack Obama[2].

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  1. ^ Description of creation of staff secretary position
  2. ^ The New Team: Lisa Brown Falcone, Michael. The New York Times November 28, 2008. Accessed November 30, 2008.

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