From the Wall Street Journal:
President Barack Obama's nominee for the top international post at the Treasury Department has been sidetracked by a Senate committee's investigation into her personal tax returns.
Lael Brainard, nominated in March as Undersecretary for International Affairs, is the latest Obama appointee to be tripped up by the Senate Finance Committee. Of particular concern is Ms. Brainard's use of a home-office tax deduction, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
The delay in considering her nomination has left empty a treasury position responsible for negotiating with foreign governments as the U.S. gears up for the Group of 20 summit later this month, a meeting expected to focus heavily on financial regulation and economic stimulus programs. It is also reviving questions about whether a rigorous vetting process has gone too far and hobbled the administration.
"We're into September and with no confirmed undersecretary it seems to me that's a serious disadvantage," said John B. Taylor, a Stanford University professor who served in the post from 2001 to 2005.