Entries in Office of Management and Budget (4)


Obama to Nominate Walmart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Budget Director

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will nominate a veteran of the Clinton administration and Walmart’s current philanthropic director to lead his Office of Management and Budget on Monday.

A senior administration official tells ABC News that Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be appointed to replace the acting director, Jeffrey Zients, at OMB.  The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not yet been made.

If confirmed by the Senate, this will be Burwell’s second stint at OMB, having served there as a deputy to its former director, Jack Lew, during Bill Clinton’s presidency in 1998.

She first came to the White House after working in Clinton’s 1992 election campaign and leading his economic transition team into the Oval Office.  She also served as a deputy chief of staff under Erskine Bowles and in Treasury during that administration.

Burwell currently leads the Walmart Foundation, the retailer’s charity division, and previously ran the global development wing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Burwell’s appointment has not been unexpected.  But her background in Walmart may not sit well with some liberals.  Despite her philanthropic position, the retailer’s low wages and heavy opposition to unionized workers have drawn the ire of labor advocates, usually allied with the Democratic Party.

In addition to her professional experience, she would add a woman to the president’s cabinet.  Obama was criticized after his reelection for the appointment of too many males to top positions, including Treasury Secretary Lew, John Kerry as secretary of state, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

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Jeffrey Zients to Become Acting Director of OMB

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has named Jeffrey Zients to become acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.

In the ongoing game of White House musical chairs, Zients takes over for Jack Lew, who has been named Obama’s new chief of staff, replacing the departing William Daley.

This will be Zients’ second tour as acting director; he previously served in the role from July to November 2010.

Currently the OMB’s deputy director for management, Zients takes over as acting director at a pivotal time, just as the formulating of the FY 2013 budget is getting underway. The White House had previously said that Lew would not take on his new role as chief of staff until the budget was finished. Daley is set to leave the White House after the State of the Union address at the end of the month.

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OMB Director on President Obama's Budget: 'A Lot of Pain'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With President Obama's new budget predicting this year’s deficit will hit a record $1.6 trillion, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew is admitting that we may never see the budget surpluses he left behind when last serving as budget director under Bill Clinton.

“I wish I could stand here and say that we were on the edge of a surplus.  When I left my last day in office I went to Congress and testified and projected $5.6 trillion surplus for the next ten years,” Lew told ABC News.  “I came back 10 years later to look at projections of over $10 trillion in debt over the next ten years.  It’s enough to break your heart.  It’s going to take us a lot of hard work just to get to the point where we are not adding to the debt.”

But Lew also insists that Obama’s budget will make a real difference -- and cause real pain.

“What I would tell you about this budget is it has a lot of does the job, it cuts the deficit in half by the end of the president’s first term, it has $400 billion of savings which would bring spending on domestic discretionary spending down to the level it was at in the Eisenhower administration and we have made tough choices,” he said.

Interestingly, Lew took a pass on criticizing the $61 billion in budget cuts House Republicans are hoping to pass this year.  And Lew made no apologies for failing to take on entitlements as recommended by the President’s own budget commission -- which detailed almost four times the deficit reduction in Obama’s budget.

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Senator to Block Obama's Nomination of Jack Lew

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu announced Thursday that she intends to block President Obama’s nomination of Jack Lew to head the Office of Management and Budget until the administration lifts or modifies the moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling.

“Although Mr. Lew clearly possesses the expertise necessary to serve as one of the President’s most important economic advisors, I found that he lacked sufficient concern for the host of economic challenges confronting the Gulf Coast,” the democratic senator wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “The fact that the most acute of these economic challenges, the moratorium, results from a direct (and reversible) federal action only serves to harden my stance on Mr. Lew’s nomination.”

“I cannot support further action on Mr. Lew’s nomination to be a key economic advisor to the President until I am convinced that the President and his Administration understand the detrimental impacts that the actual and de facto moratoria continue to have on the Gulf Coast,” she said.

In May, in the wake of the BP oil spill, the Obama administration instituted a six-month ban on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  Landrieu says the ban is causing job losses harmful to the region.

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