Joe Biden appoints Shalanda Young to lead White House budget office

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In an official statement released Nov. 23, President Joe Biden said he had appointed Shalanda Young to manage the White House budget office, with Nani Coloretti as Young’s deputy. “Today, I am honored to appoint two remarkable and landmark women to lead the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said in a video announcement made Wednesday while on vacation on the island. from Nantucket, Massachusetts for the Thanksgiving holiday. Young, according to Biden, “continued to impress her” during her tenure as interim director.

Young, if confirmed as director of the budget office by the Senate, would be the first black woman to head the office of management and budget, while Coloretti, a Filipino American, would become one of the Americans in top-ranked Asian descent in the Biden administration. It would also be the first time that two women of color would chair the agency, which assists the president in developing an annual budget and oversees how taxpayer money is spent. For much of the year, Young served as the office’s interim manager.

Biden’s first appointment has met bipartisan criticism

Neera Tanden, Biden’s first appointment for the role of director, has encountered bipartisan criticism for earlier attacks on lawmakers and ultimately withdrew from the review. She will face her own confirmation vote in the Senate, but was first confirmed as interim director in March with nearly two-thirds of the vote and the support of several Republicans. Young had the backing of the main Democratic leaders, including President Nancy Pelosi, as the former director of personnel of the House Appropriations Committee, according to several media.

Coloretti now sits on the Board of Directors of Bank of the West as an independent director. She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and strategic advisor to government officials at the Public Services Partnership. She will join the government from the Urban Institute, where she is senior vice-president. Biden said his appointments are two of the most experienced and qualified people to run the budget office, and he urged the Senate to act quickly to confirm them. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is responsible for developing the administration’s budget and overseeing a wide range of logistical and regulatory matters across the federal government.

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