Indian-American Neera Tanden Set to be Nominated as US Budget Chief
United States President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Indian-American Neera Tanden as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She currently leads left-leaning organisation — Center for American Progress.
The United States Senate confirmed that the 50-year-old Indian-origin lawyer would be the first woman of colour to head the institution responsible for the administration’s budget. Biden is also expected to nominate Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, who would team up with Tanden as liberal and centrist economic advisers for the White House.
According to a report published in The New York Times, “The announcement will culminate in several women in top economic roles, including the first Black woman to lead the Council of Economic Advisers.”
“With the picks, Mr Biden is showcasing a commitment to diversity in his advisers and sending a clear message that economic policymaking in his administration will be shaped by liberal thinkers with a strong focus on worker empowerment as a tool for economic growth,” the US daily reported further.
Tanden’s first responsibility would be preparing a budget submission for Biden. She would also manage a team of over hundred budget analysts, policy advisers and economists for the government.
Biden is also planning to nominate an all-female senior communications team, which will be for the first time in the history of the White House. Kate Bedingfield, who led the communications for Biden’s campaign, would serve as White House communications director. Democratic spokesperson Jen Psaki would be nominated as Biden’s press secretary.
Out of seven top communications roles, four would be filled by women of colour.
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