Senate confirms Johnson as OMB deputy

The Senate this week confirmed Clay Johnson as deputy director for management in the Office of Management and Budget. OMB had been without any confirmed top leadership for a few days after director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. resigned June 6.

Daniels' replacement, Josh Bolten, is awaiting confirmation.

Johnson takes over for Mark Everson, who became IRS commissioner in May. Johnson formerly served as President Bush's assistant for presidential personnel and will chair the President's Management Council and other interagency groups that oversee executive branch management.

One of his main responsibilities will be to implement the President's Management Agenda. In a memo last month, Johnson asked agencies to set goals for getting to green on the agenda scorecard by July 2004.

'The PMA is at a special point of development and growth,' Johnson said last week at an e-government conference. 'There is a tremendous foundation laid, a method to this madness if you will.'

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.

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