U.S. President Barack Obama appointed two more members of the Indian-American community just days before he leaves the White House.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — With less than two days left in his presidency, Barack Obama  appointed two Indian-Americans to key administration positions today

Maneesh Goyal was appointed a member of the J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and DJ Patil has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Both were announced as the outgoing president makes his final appointments.

“I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles. I know they will serve the American people well,” Obama said.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the president’s decision to make the last-minute appointments. Obama is executing his authority in the best interest of the American people, Earnest told reporters during a press conference.

The J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is comprised of 12 members, it was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program as authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. Board members select students, scholars, teachers, and others from the United States and abroad to participate in Fulbright exchanges, according to its website.

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council provides the President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems. The council is composed of a maximum of 30 members, appointed by the President from private industry, academia, and state and local government, according to its website.