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Senator: New OMB head should have federal background

Apr. 24, 2014 - 01:37PM   |  
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) speaks at a news conference July 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Sen. Tester appeared with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and a group of retired female service members to discuss '...the historic and bipartisan reforms approved by the Senate Armed Services committee to combat military sexual assaults.' (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images) (Allison Shelley / Getty Images)

The next director of the Office of Management and Budget should possess a background in the federal workforce and in governmental oversight, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in an April 24 letter to President Obama.

The replacement for Sylvia Burwell, who has been nominated to be the next Health and Human Services chief, should have a deep understanding of the role of oversight bodies such as inspectors general and the Civil Liberties Oversight Board, he wrote.

President Obama should nominate someone who will work to make the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs more transparent and be able to guide agencies through the development of a new security clearance process.

“As OMB continues to navigate through this critical period, it is imperative that its leadership remains diligent,” Tester wrote in the letter.

The new head of OMB should also be able to work with American Indian and Alaskan Native groups to help strengthen tribal communities and have knowledge of applicable programs and budgets, Tester wrote.

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