Obama Picks Veteran of Economic Team for No. 2 Spot at OMB

Brian Deese is currently deputy director of the White House National Economic Council Brian Deese is currently deputy director of the White House National Economic Council Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Obama on Monday announced his intention to name Brian Deese, currently deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, to be second in command at the Office of Management and Budget.

Deese, a veteran of progressive think tanks, would require confirmation by the Senate to assume the post as deputy budget director, prospectively working for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a Wal-Mart Foundation executive whom Obama nominated for the top budget job.

Jeff Zients, the White House chief performance officer, has been serving as acting budget director. Zients’ own plans have yet to be announced, though he has been mentioned as a possible successor to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who is returning to Dallas to join a law firm.

“From helping to navigate our rescue of a financial system on the brink of collapse to retooling a flatlining auto industry to crafting a policy to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable path, Brian Deese has proven an indispensable member of my economic team,” Obama said. “He has a deep and intuitive understanding of economic and budgetary policy, and I am confident he will serve America well in this new role.”

Deese, 35, joined the White House in 2009 after serving as an economic adviser both on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and the Obama-Biden transition team. He focused on tax policy, financial regulation, housing, clean energy and manufacturing.

Before joining Obama’s team he was economic policy director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a senior policy analyst for the Center for American Progress. Deese also worked for the Center for Global Development. A graduate of Middlebury College, he holds a law degree from Yale.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.