Jeffrey Zients Named Acting White House Budget Director

January 17, 2012

President Obama on Tuesday appointed Jeffrey Zients as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Zients replaces Jack Lew, who is leaving his post as budget director to become White House chief of staff.

"I'm pleased to designate Jeff Zients to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Since day one, Jeff has demonstrated superb judgment and has provided sound advice on a whole host of issues," Obama said in a statement.

"With decades of experience, Jeff has been a tremendous asset to our team and I'm confident in his ability to help us rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility pay off and the middle class has a chance to get ahead." 

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