(CNN) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Shaun Donovan to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The vote was 75-22 to confirm Donovan to become the next budget chief in the cabinet-level position central to the day-to-day running of the federal government.
(CNN) – A top aide to President Barack Obama will assist officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs conduct a review of agency procedures after accusations of deadly delays in care at some hospitals.
Obama said he had tasked Rob Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, to assist VA leaders, including Secretary Eric Shinseki, in conducting their audit of clinics nationwide.
"America has a sacred trust with the men and women who serve our country in uniform - one that continues when they come home - and we must do everything to keep that trust," Obama said in a statement Wednesday, adding it was essential "we get to the bottom of what happened" at a VA hospital in Phoenix, where some veterans died while waiting for care.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama has asked Jeff Zients to stay on as Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget until his replacement can be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a source familiar with the president's thinking told CNN on Tuesday.
At a press conference in the East Room on March 4, the president nominated current Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Matthews Burwell to be the next OMB director, and he praised Zients for his service.
(CNN) – Tapping two candidates with a strong mix of business and governmental experience for Cabinet posts, President Barack Obama is naming women to two of the potentially toughest jobs in Washington - director of the Office of Management and Budget, and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also named an MIT scientist with government experience as his nominee to be energy secretary.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated Monday for the OMB position, is the head of the Walmart Foundation, the retail chain's charitable organization. If confirmed by the Senate, she would assume a Cabinet-rank position as head of the White House agency that has the herculean task of advising the president on budget matters.FULL STORY
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.
Washington (CNNMoney) - The White House budget office has asked federal agencies to "intensify" preparations for massive cuts, should Congress not be able to come to a deal to avert them before March 1.
The Office of Management and Budget released a memo on Monday asking the agencies to identify ways to shrink their budgets. Some of the options include shrinking their work forces through hiring freezes and furloughs and finding grants and contracts that can be cut, according to a memo by OMB Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A Republican-backed bill to halt public financing of presidential campaigns and conventions is coming under fire from the White House.
In a strongly worded statement, the Office of Management and Budget said the House bill, known as H.R. 359, would "expand the power of corporations and special interests in the nation's elections," and that it would "force candidates into an endless cycle of fundraising at the expense of engagement with voters on the issues."FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Jacob J. Lew as director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget by a voice vote Thursday night.
Lew succeeds Peter Orszag, who headed President Barack Obama's budget team until his departure in July.