Bolten to be new White House chief of staff

The Bush administration today announced that Joshua Bolten, director of the Office of Management and Budget, would become the White House chief of staff after Andrew Card resigned.

Bolten became head of OMB in June 2003, taking over from Mitchell Daniels. Prior to that, he was assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy at the White House starting in January 2001.

Card will leave April 14, according to administration sources.

OMB's deputy director is Joel Kaplan, who has been on board since Aug. 2003.

Card has been White House chief of staff for 5 1/2 years and wants to return to the private sector, according to the White House transcript of a speech the president gave this morning.

'Josh is a creative policy thinker,' Bush said. 'He's an expert on the budget and our economy. He's respected by members of Congress from both parties; he's a strong advocate for effective, accountable management in the federal government.'

Bolten's promotion comes at an interesting time for federal IT. Unlike his predecessor, Daniels, he was never an outspoken supporter of e-government or IT. Instead, Bolten focused more on the budget side of the house and Congress.

This is a year when OMB has a lot of expectations for IT, from the Lines of Business Consolidation initiatives to the E-Government projects to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, and support from the top is important to getting these things done.

Bolten received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

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