Zients to Serve as Acting OMB Director

January 17, 2012

Jeff Zients is returning for another tour as acting director at the Office of Management and Budget, the White House announced Tuesday.

Zients, currently OMB's deputy director for management, will step in near the end of the month for outgoing director Jack Lew, who is leaving to become White House chief of staff. Zients had previously served as acting OMB chief from July 2010 to November 2010, after then-director Peter Orszag resigned and Lew was awaiting Senate confirmation.

"Since day one, Jeff has demonstrated superb judgment and has provided sound advice on a whole host of issues," President Obama said in a news release. "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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