The Pentagon has named Paul Lewis as its special envoy for closing the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the appointment on Tuesday.
It was part of President Barack Obama's renewed push to close the prison, which remains open despite his 2009 pledge to shutter the facility within a year.
Lewis has been an attorney for the Democratic minority on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, where he deals with Guantanamo-related issues.
"Special Envoy Lewis brings a wealth of experience from his previous position," the Pentagon said in a statement.
In his new position, he will work with the State Department on transferring Guantanamo detainees to other countries. He will also oversee efforts to transfer third-country nationals held by the US in Afghanistan.
He is to take up his position on November 1.
I thought the government was out of money?