Clinton bypasses Senate, appoints Katzen OMB deputy director for management

Clinton bypasses Senate, appoints Katzen OMB deputy director for management

AUG. 7—President Clinton last week appointed Sally Katzen deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget, circumventing a stalled Senate confirmation process.

The president can make such appointments when Congress is in recess.

Clinton nominated Katzen to the post in 1999. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee had approved the nomination, but Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) placed a hold on a vote by the full Senate, expressing doubts about Katzen's suitability. The Senate could not take action under Voinovich's vote ban [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no5/news-briefs/1463-1.html].

Katzen, who has been serving as counselor to OMB director Jacob J. Lew, received a cold reception from the committee during her 1999 confirmation hearing. At the time, Voinovich said he would fight her nomination [see story at www.gcn.com/vol18_no34/news/814-1.html].

Katzen previously was deputy director of the President's National Economic Council. Before that, she spent almost five years as administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

As deputy director for management, Katzen will oversee OIRA, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Office of Federal Financial Management. Her new post also includes overall responsibility for federal management.

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