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US official: Zients to be acting budget chief

US official: Obama to name Zients acting chief of budget and management; currently is deputy By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A senior administration official says President Barack Obama is naming Jeffrey Zients (Zyntz) as acting chief of the Office of Management and Budget.

The office is in charge of developing Obama's budget proposal, overseeing agency performance and ensuring that the executive branch is putting in place Obama's policies. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement later Tuesday.

Zients is the office's deputy director for management and has previously served as acting director. He takes over for Jack Lew, whom Obama named as White House chief of staff to replace the departing William Daley.

No Senate confirmation is required for an acting director, allowing Obama to avoid a tough election-year battle with Senate Republicans.

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