Comings, Goings at OMB, GSA

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The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Photo: White House

President Barack Obama nominated a number of officials to fill key economic posts ahead of the forthcoming release of the 2012 budget, according to a Government Executive report.

Among those nominated, is a new No. 2 for the Office of Management and Budget — Heather Higginbottom, who was nominated to serve as the agency’s deputy director.

Writing on the OMB Blog, the agency’s director Jack Lew, recently approved by the Senate to his post, writes that Higginbottom “has a passion for her work and has demonstrated throughout her career a dedication to sound public policy that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

Higginbottom, who leaves her post as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, will replace OMB’s interim deputy director Ron Nabors, who holds a West Wing position.

In his blog posting, Lew called the recent staff changes at OMB a “period of transition” for the agency.

Meanwhile, the General Services Administration announced last week its well-known social media guru, Bev Godwin, would take over as GSA’s acting director of the agency’s Federal Citizen Information Center.

In her new duties, Godwin, the founder GSA’s Center for New Media and Citizen Engagement, will supervise the USA.gov web portal.

The FCIC is part of GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, led by Dave McClure.

Fittingly enough, the social media expert’s new career move was first announced on Twitter, Federal Computer Week reported.

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