The Washington Times - July 24, 2013, 03:06PM

President Obama is adding several new advisers to his National Economic Council as he prepares for renewed fiscal battles with Congress.

The White House said Wednesday that Byron Auguste, a director at the McKinsey & Co. management consulting firm in Washington, will become a deputy director of the NEC.


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John Friedman, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy’s School of Government, will join the council as a special assistant to the president for economic policy.

Sameera Fazili, a former policy analyst at the Treasury Department, also has joined the NEC and is working on the Detroit bankruptcy issue.

The NEC coordinates domestic and international economic advice and policy for the administration. The administration is preparing for a contentious September with Congress over spending priorities and borrowing limits with the approach of the fiscal year deadline of Oct. 1.

The personnel moves were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.