President Biden Nominates Shalanda Young To Be Budget Director

President Joe Biden Is continuing to fulfill his promise of having the most diverse Cabinet in history by nominating Shalanda Young to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Young is the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, having been confirmed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote as the agency’s Deputy Director in March. As Acting Director, she serves as a senior advisor to President Biden and plays a critical role in implementing the President’s vision across the Executive Branch.

Young’s nomination comes months after Biden’s first nominee, Neera Tanden, withdrew from consideration following criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike over old tweets in which Tanden disparaged members of Congress.

Previously, Young served as Clerk and Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee, where she oversaw the $1.3 trillion annual appropriations bills, necessary disaster aid, and major aspects of COVID-19 related spending.

Biden also has nominated Nani Coloretti to step in as deputy director following Young’s possible exit if she is confirmed as OMB Director. Coloretti is currently a Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute, an independent policy research organization and think tank dedicated to using evidence, insight, and analysis to advance upward mobility, equity, and shared prosperity for all Americans.

During the Obama administration, Coloretti served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Assistant Secretary for Management and Acting CFO of U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Acting COO of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Biden says, “Shalanda Young and Nani Coloretti are two of the most experienced, qualified people to lead OMB. Each has been confirmed before by the United States Senate with strong bipartisan support,” Biden said Wednesday. “I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm them again so they can lead OMB at this important time.”

Both Young and Coloretti have been confirmed by the Senate in the past. If they are confirmed again, OMB would be led by two history-making women of color who are experienced and highly qualified. Young would be the first Black woman to lead OMB, and Coloretti would be one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans serving in government.

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