President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Shalanda Young to head the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Young “has continued to impress me” since being confirmed as the agency’s deputy director and being promoted to acting director, Biden said in a video statement announcing the pick. Before Biden entered office, Young was clerk and staff director for the House Appropriations Committee. As is typical for the Biden administration, the White House noted Young would be the first black woman to lead OMB if confirmed by the Senate. The upper chamber voted 63–37 to approve her as deputy director in March. “Shalanda will not only be a tremendously qualified director, she’ll also be a historic director,” Biden said. If confirmed, “she will join the most diverse presidential cabinet in history,” he added. OMB helps presidents craft budgets and makes sure agencies are running smoothly. Biden’s last nominee to head …


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