A video released on Wednesday had President Biden speaking of nominating Shalanda Young to serve as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She currently serves as an acting director of the same office. OMB serves a major role in advising and leading the President on the Federal budget and maintaining oversight on the spending of tax payer’s dollars.
Additional posts have also been filled up, where Nani Coloretti will assume the position of OMB’s deputy director. Prior to this job role, she was the staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, where she has served for the maximum duration of her career.
The selection of Young comes ahead of Neera Tanden, who could not make the cut. Tanden has served for long as the director of Center for American Progress for the job, a left-leaning organization. She is although known for being outspoken on social media against Republican and Progressive senators when the occasion comes. This was part of the reason which did not make her the ideal choice.
The current nominee, Young enjoys bipartisan support in the arena. She was voted for by over a dozen Republicans to secure the seat as Deputy Director of OMB.
After assuming her position as the Director of OMB, she would be the first Black woman to take up the chair, which had earlier been dominated by white males, thereby making her, the 3rd woman to ever hold the post.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also patted the back of Young in a statement, stating Young “has proven to be a master of the appropriations process. With her intellect and expertise, she has worked to ensure that our federal budget reflects our values as a nation.”
Coloretti, who is going to serve as the deputy director under Young, in the Biden administration is serving as the senior vice president for finance and business strategy at the Urban Institute, an economic policy think tank.
The key roles are being filled as the Biden administration seeks the approval of Congress for above $2 trillion in expenditure on two crucial bills.