Lew, who previously served as OMB director in the Clinton administration and is now deputy secretary of state, was selected by President Barack Obama after Peter Orszag stepped down in July.
But Lewâs nomination had been stalled since at least September, when Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) placed a hold on his nomination to protest the administrationâs moratorium on deep-water Gulf of Mexico oil drilling after the BP oil spill.
Lew starts in his post today, The Washington Post reports. And, already, he has some tough work ahead of him, including putting âthe finishing touches on the Obamaâs proposed fiscal 2012 budget,â The Post reports.
When Lewâs nomination was first announced, ExecutiveGov noted the political calculations that went into the pick:
âThe fact that Obama is replacing one the chief architect and advocate of the stimulus plan [Orszag] with a Clinton appointee who presided over the first federal surpluses since 1969 means that the White House has sensed a shift in the political winds and is positioning itself to make a dent in ballooning federal deficits.â
Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients had been serving as acting director of OMB since July.