Obama chief of staff hands off some daily duties

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama’s chief of staff is handing over some of his day to day management duties in the West Wing.

A senior administration official says Bill Daley asked senior Obama aide Pete Rouse to take on an expanded coordination and operational role in dealing with White House staff. The official says the shift is part of Daley’s efforts to make the West Wing run more efficiently.

Daley announced the changes during a staff meeting on Monday. The handover comes as the president’s approval ratings have sagged amid a sluggish economy.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal White House operations. The staffing changes were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.