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Joe Biden taps Shalanda Young, Nani Coloretti for top OMB posts


Shalanda Young, the nominee for deputy director of Office of Management and Budget is sworn in to her Senate Budget Committee confirmation at Dirksen Building, Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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Young serves currently as acting director. The office plays an important part in both providing advice to the president regarding the federal budget, and monitoring the spending of taxpayer money.

Biden stated that Young and Nani Coloretti would both be nominated by him to become OMB deputy directors under Young.

As the Biden administration requests Congress to authorize more than $2 trillion for two transformative bills, these nominations are made. The public will need to be convinced that this legislation is being used judiciously and will not be wasted.

Young served as House Appropriations Committee staff director until recently. This was where Young has spent the majority of her adult life. It is home to the Congress’ huge annual appropriations bill, which is the main stop. The staff have a deep understanding of the allocations made in the federal budget.

Young is Biden’s second choice to head OMB. Neera Tanden was the former director of Center for American Progress. However, Tanden’s track record of attacking progressive and Republican senators via social media was a hindrance to her confirmation.

Neera Tanden (President Joe Biden) is the nominee to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She testifies at a hearing of the Senate Committee on the Budget on Capitol Hill, Washington on February 10, 2021.

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Unlike Tanden, Young enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The Senate approved Young’s nomination as the deputy director of OMB on March 3rd, with a vote of 63 to 37. Her confirmation was supported by more than 12 Republicans.

Young would be the first Black woman to assume an OMB director role previously held only by white men if she’s confirmed. Her appointment would make her the third female leader of OMB.

Coloretti is Biden’s selection for the position of deputy director under Young. Coloretti is currently senior vice president for financial strategy and economic policy at Urban Institute.

During the Obama administration, Coloretti spent three years as a deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, she spent five years as a Treasury Department deputy secretary where she assisted in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In 2014, the Senate had to confirm Coloretti’s HUD position. Her confirmation was approved by the chamber with a vote of 68 to 28.

After the collapse of Tanden’s nomination this spring, the fact that the Senate has already confirmed Young and Coloretti with comfortable margins is a key factor in their nominations — and one that the White House highlighted in its announcement.

The White House also continues to honor Biden’s promise of a diverse staff. Coloretti is a Filipino American and, if she was confirmed as a candidate for the position of deputy director at OMB, she will be the first Asian American woman in that role.