Former health care lobbyist Chris Jennings has been hired by the Obama administration. He will be a "a health policy coordinator and strategist," the New York Times reports.

But since he isn't currently a registered lobbyist, the Obama administration felt like it was able to hire him and not violate its own rules.

"Mr. Jennings, 52, was President Clinton’s chief health policy adviser from 1995 to January 2001. He is known and trusted by Obama administration officials and has close ties to Democrats and some Republicans in Congress. In 2001, he established a lobbying and consulting concern, Jennings Policy Strategies. Current and former clients include the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Federation of American Hospitals, General Motors and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association," reports the Times.

"Mr. Jennings was a registered lobbyist, but has not been one for a couple of years, so he would not have to worry about Obama administration restrictions on lobbyists joining the government."

The president's chief of staff praised the hire. "We are excited to have someone with the depth of knowledge and expertise that Chris has join us,"Denis R. McDonough told the paper. "He will be an invaluable addition."

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