Former Enron lobbyist joins Fed as director

Linda Robertson will join the US Federal Reserve as director of the government affairs office, effective in July. The office manages relations with Congress....

Linda Robertson will join the US Federal Reserve as director of the government affairs office, effective in July. The office manages relations with Congress. The new hire was confirmed by the Fed's chief spokesperson, Michelle Smith, division director of the Office of Board Members.

Robertson will serve as head of the office, a post previously held by Laricke Blanchard, who will stay on at the Fed with his title, assistant to the board of legislative affairs.

Smith would not comment on why the leadership change was made. However, one Bloomberg report suggested that Robertson was brought on to counter skepticism about the Fed's growing role in the nation's financial system.

Previously, Robertson led the office of government, community, and public affairs at John Hopkins University and was VP of government affairs at Enron. She has also served as an adviser to the Clinton administration's Treasury secretaries.

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