Top pick emerges for White House budget post
January 25th, 2013
09:20 AM ET
1 year ago

Top pick emerges for White House budget post

Washington (CNN) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a leading corporate philanthropist and former member of the Clinton administration, is the top pick to run the Office of Management and Budget, two Democrats said Friday.

Burwell served as the deputy director of the OMB during Clinton's presidency, and also acted as chief of staff to then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Former OMB Director Jack Lew also served under Rubin. Peter Orszag, a fellow former OMB director, ran a think tank founded by Rubin.

Burwell currently heads the Wal-Mart Foundation, and previously was president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s global development program.

The Office of Management and Budget is responsible for preparing the president's annual budget, and in recent years its directors have played an increasingly high profile role when it comes to sparring with Congress, thanks to ongoing debates over budget deficits and keeping the federal government funded.

If nominated by Obama, Burwell would need to be confirmed by the Senate. She would replace Jeffrey Zients, who has been the acting director of the OMB for one year. Zients replaced Lew, who became chief of staff in 2012. Orszag headed Obama's budget team until July 2010.

Her nomination would come at a time when President Barack Obama's cabinet picks are coming under scrutiny for their perceived lack of diversity. His major nominations, including for secretaries of defense, state and treasury, were all white men. On Thursday he nominated a woman, Mary Jo White, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CNNMoney's Jennifer Liberto contributed to this report.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Moose

    Any one tied to Willie and Hilly is scary

    January 25, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. plain&simple

    It's good to surround oneself with sane,rational,competent people with various perspectives. This is what a good leader does. Man,woman,black,white,gay,straight....Obama has room for all as long as they are qualified. That's the bottom line and one should respect that.

    January 25, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Prophet Maximization

    Let US help these people to correct errors in the USA. This is the only WAY with TRUTH to what has real value to LIFE.

    In economics there is real value and nominal value. For example, a person can tell somebody the new Hoover Vacuum that imitates the look of the Dyson Vacuum is great and charge the same amount of money as the Dyson. However, the nominal (name) value of Hoover is not the real value. The science, math, logic, and technology of the Dyson Vacuum is better than the Hoover, The extra money you pay in nominal value for the Hoover Vacuum ends up with you losing real value for the same price.

    January 25, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |