In a sweeping 96-0 vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
Burwell has prior experience in OMB, budget and business in general. She served as deputy director of OMB between 1998 and 2001, and was deputy chief of staff to the president and chief of staff to the secretary of the treasury during the Clinton administration.
Prior to her nomination, Burwell served as president of the Walmart Foundation.
“Sylvia shares my commitment to growing our economy, shrinking our deficits in a balanced way, and reigniting a rising, thriving middle class… she was part of an OMB team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row,” Obama said in an April 24 statement. “Her experience will be especially important as we continue our efforts to replace the indiscriminate budget cuts that are already starting to cost jobs, hurt families, and inconvenience Americans.”
As director of OMB, Burwell will be a member of the president’s cabinet, preparing the federal budget and overseeing the effectiveness of agency programs, policies and procedures. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony and proposed legislation are consistent with the president’s budget and with administration policies.