Budget Director Nominee Wants More Emphasis on Management

April 9, 2013

President Obama’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget elicited enthusiasm from Republicans as well as Democrats on a key Senate panel on Tuesday, though several used the confirmation hearing as a chance to lay down markers on issues of regulatory overreach, tax reform and the value of cost-benefit analysis.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a Clinton White House veteran currently heading the Wal-Mart Foundation, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee her primary focus will be to “contribute to achieving balanced deficit reduction, increased efficiency and effectiveness in how government works, and targeted investments that grow the economy and create jobs.” She stressed the need for more emphasis on the management side of OMB, and said she hoped to “contribute to ensuring OMB is a place where talented people want to go and that the institution is strong for other administrations.”

Burwell was introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who has known her since she was an 8-year-old in West Virginia, and who noted “she could have made a fortune” in the private sector but chose public service.

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