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Senate confirms Donovan as new OMB chief

Jul. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan Speaks At Center F
Shaun Donovan was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

The Senate voted 75 to 22 to confirm former Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10.

Donovan replaces former OMB director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was sworn in as the Health and Human Services Department secretary June 24. The Senate confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as Donovan’s replacement at HUD July 9.

President Obama said in a statement after Donovan’s confirmation that he was a proven and effective leader while at HUD and will be able to continue that while at OMB.

“From his outstanding work at HUD helping to rebuild our housing market to his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Shaun has played a crucial role in our efforts to battle back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes and expand opportunity for more Americans,” Obama said.

Sen. Tom Carper,D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee said Donovan has proven himself as a leader and strong voice for fiscal responsibility and effective agency management.

“As director of OMB, I know he will continue to foster inter-agency coordination and be a leader of integrity and intelligence as he spearheads the agency’s critical mission,” Carper said.

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