Several key budget positions remain unfilled nearly a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, leaving the Office of Management and Budget without a hand-picked liaison to the White House as Rep. Mick Mulvaney prepares to take over.
While the Senate is set to confirm Mulvaney as OMB director this week, the Trump administration has yet to announce any political appointees besides the South Carolina Republican, the agency confirmed Tuesday. That includes multiple associate directors who oversee budget policy areas — from health care to national security — and wouldn’t require Senate confirmation.
Trump has also yet to name either deputy director position, which both require Senate action.
Agency spokesman Coalter Baker told POLITICO that office is waiting for Mulvaney to officially take over before installing personnel in those appointee posts.
“It’s obviously fair to say the director would have a say on his team, and he’s not yet confirmed,” said Baker, the sole person currently running OMB’s communications office. “We’re just kind of waiting on that.”
The lack of policy leaders at OMB could complicate Trump’s plan to release his first budget in the next few weeks, according to several former agency officials.
Any delay in the budget’s release could also cause headaches for Congress, given the slew of spending deadlines this spring. GOP leaders must complete 11 spending bills by April 28 before they can begin next year’s budget process. And Republicans are hoping to pass two…