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OMB personnel changes are on the way

OMB's Deputy Director for Management Jeff Zients talks about the budget negotiations at the White House, on April 7, 2011. (LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS)

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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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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