Groups encourage Obama administration to hire more Muslim Americans

Groups encourage Obama administration to hire more Muslim Americans
A book of resumes from some of the best and the brightest is sent to the White House. It's part of an effort to get the administration to focus on a group that has at times felt slighted -- or worse.
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2009

Reporting from Chicago -- In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with the resumes of 45 of the nation's most qualified -- Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted -- has been submitted to the White House.

The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), was bumped up two weeks ahead of schedule because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Assn., who sifted through more than 300 names.

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