Preeta Bansal, former NY State Solicitor General and Clinton Administration official - and Obama friend from Harvard Law School - has been named General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget. From PTI:
The transition team also announced filling up of other vacancies in the department, including Jeffrey Liebman (Executive Associate Director); Steve Kosiak (Associate Director for Defense and International Affairs), Robert Gordon (Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labour) and Xavier de Souza Briggs (Associate Director for General Government Programs).
"The Office of Management and Budget in my administration will not only design, manage and implement our budget, it will focus on cutting waste and making sure that our government is serving the American people effectively and efficiently. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead," Obama said in a statement issued along with the announcement.
Description of OMB from WhiteHouse.gov/omb:
OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's Budget and with Administration policies.
In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.As the center for regulatory reform, budgeting of policies and programs, fiscal stimulus, and government performance, OMB is at the heart of the reform and change Obama is hoping to create.
Here's how she is described in the official announcement on Change.gov: