The director of the “nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas W. Elmendorf, has been appointed to a full four-year term by the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, and the Senate president pro tempore, Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, officials announced on Wednesday,” according to the New York Times.
Mr. Elmendorf, a well-regarded economist and former Clinton administration official who also previously worked at the Federal Reserve, recently completed the term of Peter R. Orszag, who had left the director’s post to serve as President Obama’s budget director.
The new term “will run through January 13, 2015.”
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) offered this press release response:
“I am very pleased that Douglas Elmendorf is being reappointed as Director of the Congressional Budget Office. Over the last two years, Director Elmendorf has done an outstanding job. He has led the agency during one of the most challenging periods ever faced by CBO, a period of economic upheaval and significantly increased legislative activity. Throughout this time, Director Elmendorf has demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism, and consistently provided Congress with accurate and timely information.
“Director Elmendorf has also upheld the important non-partisan nature of CBO’s work. He has been an unbiased and fair umpire, calling it like he sees it, regardless of the political fallout. His joint reappointment by a Democratically-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House speaks volumes to the trust and respect he has earned on both sides of the aisle. He is exactly the kind of leader we need at CBO. I look forward to continuing to work with Director Elmendorf in the months ahead.”