Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Walmart Foundation Head, Nominated By Obama As OMB Director

03/04/2013 10:57 am ET

President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Director of the White House Office of Management And Budget Monday. She is currently the head of the Walmart Foundation. She served as deputy budget director and deputy White House chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton. Burwell will replace Jeffrey Zients, who is acting director of the agency.

Burwell would take over the office that carries out the administration's spending policies. The budget office will inevitably get caught up in the ongoing budget battle between Democrats and Republicans.

She brings a certain outsider status to Obama's inner circle and as such may offer a fresh perspective from the business world far away from Washington.

And Burwell would bring gender diversity to the top echelons of the Obama White House. The president has drawn some fire from critics for picking men for many top jobs.

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