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They call it “burrowing in”—-when government employees in politically appointed posts move into civil-service jobs as political fortunes shift.
That’s what a lot folks working for Republicans are doing right now in the federal government. And, at the District level, there’s some burrowing, too.
Nyasha Smith, who clerked the workforce development and government operations committee for outgoing At-Large Councilmember Carol Schwartz, has started a new job at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. She’s now chief of staff to agency head Vivek Kundra.
OCTO, along with five zillion other District organs, used to be under Smith’s purview as committee clerk. Before working for Schwartz, Smith did a stint as legislative counsel on Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry‘s staff. (This is neither here nor there, but Smith’s move would certainly be felicitous should Barry take a portion of Schwartz’ committee portfolio, as LL has speculated he will.)
Smith did not immediately return a call for comment. LL sends out a friendly note to you HR types: If you’re in need of a devoted public servant or two, give Carol’s office a call—-724-8105!