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Mr. Summers announced his resignation as head of the National Economic Council in September but has continued in the job.
“I expect the president will make a new announcement on a new NEC director probably the first week or two weeks after Congress comes back into session,” Mr. Gibbs said.
Members of the new Congress, which will have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a smaller Democratic majority in the Senate, will be sworn in Jan. 5.
Mr. Summers, who served as treasury secretary under President Clinton and is a former president of Harvard University, was known for his blunt style and was seen by some liberal Democrats as being too close to Wall Street.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner remains the only original member of Mr. Obama’s economic team still in his original job.
“I don’t expect, quite honestly, big changes,” he said. “I think we’ve had a very capable and good Cabinet that has helped move the president’s agenda forward.”
Mr. Gibbs added, “There’s obviously a lot that has to be done at Treasury to implement financial reform and at HHS to implement health care reform and I think we have a very talented team.”