By Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Jonathan Silver is leaving the U.S. Department of Energy to take a post with a Washington think tank, Third Way, according to a Wall Street Journal article on Friday.

Silver was in charge of the program that awarded a $535 loan guarantee to Fremont-based solar company Solyndra LLC, which filed for bankruptcy protection and laid off 1,100 employees.

Silver is a former venture capital investor and was "appointed chief of the Obama administration's clean-energy loan program in November 2009, two months after the program made the Solyndra loan guarantee," according to the WSJ.

He has been questioned by government officials as to whether the deal with Solyndra "was rushed or subject to undue influence from a Democratic donor who held a stake in the firm." However, he claims the deal was thoroughly researched and not rushed.

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