Changes are coming to the top ranks of the Office of Management and Budget just as the agency prepares to release President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2013 federal budget on Feb. 13.
With OMB Director Jacob J. Lew moving across the street to serve as White House chief of staff and Jeffrey D. Zients sliding into the acting director role, other staffers will be asked to pick up elements of Zients’s previously broad portfolio as deputy director for management.
Danny Werfel, who serves as OMB controller and head of the Office of Federal Financial Management, will also coordinate the administration’s work on financial management, government contracting, information technology, personnel policy and performance management, according to OMB spokeswoman Moira Mack.
Lisa Brown, who previously served as White House staff secretary, will keep focused on Obama’s plans to reorganize several commerce- and trade-related agencies and on implementing recommendations of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Mack said.
There will be no title changes or the addition of “acting” to someone’s current title, and Zients will delegate other responsibilities as necessary, aides said.
Lew officially assumed his chief of staff duties last week.
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