Shaun Donovan, David Mader Tapped for Head OMB Roles

June 4, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

HUD Secretary Shaun DonovanAs they yell out at the ol’ ballpark, “You can’t tell the players without a program!” In case you haven’t heard, President Obama has made his choices for new leadership at the Office of Management and Budget.

After former OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed by the Senate as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the White House had to find a replacement. In response, Obama named former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as the new OMB director. In a White House release, Obama praised Donovan, saying he has “committed his life to public service, and focused on good government and smart investment. While at HUD, Donovan made critical investments to speed economic growth, while also offering new savings proposals and ensuring fiscal responsibility.”

However, maybe of more importance to the grants community, Obama’s has nominated David Mader to be controller at OMB. Mader served more than 30 years at the Internal Revenue Service, and most recently had been a senior vice president for strategy and organization at Booz Allen Hamilton. He is replacing former controller Danny Werfel, who left OMB to become acting commissioner at IRS following the IRS scandal last year, and deputy controller Norman Dong, who left recently to become commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service.

Hopefully, Donovan and Mader will provide effective leadership at OMB during this critical time. As grants administration continues on its path of reform, they will need to get up to speed quickly on how far we’ve come and what the reforms will mean to all grantees when the uniform grant guidance becomes effective for federal funds awarded on or after Dec. 26. If nothing else, we would like to see some leadership stability for a while. Werfel had served four years as controller and had plenty of OMB experience prior to that, so he had a long history with the evolution of grants oversight. Similar leadership is sorely needed.

What kind of leaders do you think Donovan and Mader will be? Let us know.

 

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