President Joe Biden on Wednesday appointed Shalanda Young to head the White House Management and Budget Office (OMB).
Young has “continued to impress me” since he was confirmed as the agency’s deputy director and was named acting director, Biden said in a video message announcing the selection.
Prior to Biden’s rise to power, Young was a clerk and director of personnel on the House Appropriations Committee.
As is typical of the Biden administration, the White House noted that Young would become the first black woman to head the OMB if approved by the Senate.
In March, the upper house voted 63-37 to approve her as deputy director.
“Shalanda will be not only a highly skilled filmmaker, but also a history director,” Biden said. If confirmed, “she will join the most diverse presidential cabinet in history,” he added.
OMB helps presidents with budgeting and keeps agencies running smoothly.
Biden’s latest candidate for the post of OMB chief, Nira Tanden, faced serious opposition due to her public criticism of bipartisan senators when she was president of the Center for American Progress.
Tanden withdrew her candidacy in early March, telling Biden that “there is no way forward to get confirmation.”
This was one of the few times Biden did not see an approved candidate. In September, the president withdrew David Chipman’s candidacy for the office of head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives due to controversial comments on gun ownership restrictions.
A simple majority is required to approve candidates.
The Senate is equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, but many of Biden’s candidates have received some GOP support.
Biden also named Nani Coloretti, senior vice president of the Urban Institute and former Obama administration official, as deputy director of the OMB.
If confirmed, Coloretti “will become one of the high-ranking Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islander serving in the government,” the White House said.
After Biden’s announcement, none of the legislators protested against Young, although many said they supported his choice.
“Nice call from @POTUS. Shalanda Young is hardworking, fair and experienced — and she is the right person to head the Office of Management and Budget, ”Sen. John Tester (Democrat from Montana) said in a statement.
“Having worked with her at the House, I know that Shalanda Young is a strong and respected leader. Her historic assignment is well deserved and I look forward to working with her when she is confirmed, ”added Senator Ben Ray Luhan (DN.M.).