Donovan Take Reins at Office of Management and Budget

Shaun Donovan, an Obama administration loyalist and self-described numbers and spreadsheet guy, was sworn in today as the 40th director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Donovan, 48, was sworn in during a private ceremony and succeeds Sylvia Burwell, who’s now the secretary of Health and Human Services. Donovan is President Barack Obama’s fourth budget director.

Donovan will be in charge of preparing the fiscal 2016 budget, even as Congress has made little headway in adopting the budget for 2015, which begins Oct. 1. With time running out and midterm elections ahead, lawmakers are likely to adopt a stopgap funding plan in the interim.

The Senate confirmed Donovan on a bipartisan vote of 75-22 on July 10. Donovan has a reputation of being “responsive to Congress, and I can’t say that about every member of this cabinet,” Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said.

He had been Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development since the president took office in January 2009. The budget office also gives final review to regulations proposed by agencies.

Donovan said at his confirmation hearing June that he intends to emphasize the “management” portion of his title, using analytic tools and metrics to measure whether programs are working. Those that aren’t will be consolidated or eliminated, he said.

“I like data and management,” Donovan told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee at his confirmation hearing in June. “I’m actually passionate about it at HUD and drive my team crazy over it.”