Bush turns to temps at OMB

Bush turns to temps at OMB

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

MAY 4—The Bush administration is hiring temporary help to fill voids in management at the Office of Management and Budget.

Robert O'Neill, president of the National Academy of Public Administration, will serve as a temporary counselor to OMB Director Mitchell Daniels Jr., said Chris Brouwer, NAPA director of communications. An official announcement by OMB concerning the appointment is expected this afternoon, Brouwer said.

O'Neill will advise Daniels on management issues in the absence of a deputy director for management at OMB, officials said. The agency also is awaiting the confirmation of two administrator nominees for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Management responsibilities at OMB are currently being overseen by Sean O'Keefe, the deputy director. No one has been tagged to take over the deputy director for management position.

O'Neill will continue to be president of NAPA, Brouwer said. O'Neill joined the academy in 1997 and took over as full-time director in January 2000 after leaving his position as county manager of Fairfax County, Va.

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