Daniels resigns as OMB director

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. announced today that he will step down as Office of Management and Budget director in 30 days.

Daniels likely will run for governor of Indiana but will not announce his plans until later this summer, according to published reports. An OMB spokesman said no successor has been named.

Daniels was a major force behind President Bush's Management Agenda and paid close attention to how agencies requested and spent IT funds. He advocated better business cases for IT investments and clamped down on agency redundant technology spending by issuing four letters authorizing OMB's power under the Clinger-Cohen Act.

OMB still is without a deputy director for management as Clay Johnson, Bush's nominee, has not been confirmed by the Senate.

'The president tremendously appreciates Mitch's service to our country,' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said at the daily press briefing. 'The president views Mitch as a very strong manager, a very able leader and a wise steward of tax dollars.'

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