Todd Levett is the latest congressional staffer to take up a post in the Obama administration, accepting an appointment as special assistant for the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Levett spent the past four years working for Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House committee on Homeland Security. As a senior advisor there, he "managed a number of policy oversight portfolios including the Secret Service and protective security issues ranging from continuity of government operations to national special security events, interagency coordination and engagements between DHS and the Defense Department, and international security affairs and antiterrorism programs," a committee spokesman told The Cable.
Now he joins the INL bureau, known as "drugs and thugs" because they deal with international narcotics control strategy and law enforcement development in conflict and post-conflict countries. There he will work for INL Assistant Secretary Amb. David Johnson on policy coordination and legislative engagement.
Levett previously worked as an aide to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, in the front office of the U.S. Embassy in London, and with the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.
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