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(CNN)Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department IT specialist who managed Hillary Clinton's private email server, was hired by the State Department as a political appointee -- an unusual arrangement within his department that caused confusion among some managers.
The next day, the HR manager clarifies that while Pagliano will be officially supervised by Kennedy, he will report to managers within the bureau.
"Therefore, as you mention," she writes, "this is not a traditional supervisor/employee relationship."
Political appointees are not uncommon at the State Department and other government agencies. The federal Office of Personnel Management puts out a list of political appointees, known as the "Plum Book," every four years.
In the most recent State Department Plum Book, published in 2012, several hundred such positions are outlined, including about a dozen in Kennedy's department. Pagliano is listed in the Plum Book as a "Special Advisor."
Pagliano's resume, which is attached to the email chains, shows he started as an IT director for the Clinton campaign in August 2006. Among his responsibilities, he lists: "Manage discrete projects as required."