OMB's Deputy Director for Management Jeff Zients waits to talk about the White House's budget negotiations with Capitol Hill at the White House in Washington April 7, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Exclusive: Obama asks Zients to stay at OMB, will not be trade chief - source
Posted : Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:03AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has asked budget official Jeff Zients to stay in his administration as acting budget director, taking him out of the running to become trade chief, according to a source familiar with the White House plan.
Zients had been the front-runner to become trade representative. Obama decided he needed Zients to stay in the economic team at a time when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was playing a critical role in dealing with the "sequester" set of across-the-board budget cuts.
Zients would stay in that role until the confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Obama has nominated to lead OMB.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech)
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