Understanding the President’s Cabinet: OMB Director
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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: OMB Director

Note: This is the post #22 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.


Cabinet position: Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Department:  Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Current Director: Mick Mulvaney

Department Mission: “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) serves the President of the United States in overseeing the implementation of his vision across the Executive Branch. Specifically, OMB’s mission is to assist the President in meeting his policy, budget, management and regulatory objectives and to fulfill the agency’s statutory responsibilities.” (Source)

Number of employees: Approximately 500 employees.

Primary Duties of the Director: The OMB Director helps the president in five key processes: Budget development and execution; Management, including oversight of agency performance, human capital, Federal procurement, financial management, and information technology; Regulatory policy, including coordination and review of all significant Federal regulations by executive agencies; Legislative clearance and coordination; and Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda.


Director Info

Director: Mick Mulvaney

Previous occupation: U.S. Representative from the 5th District of South Carolina

Education: B.A. in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance from in Georgetown University and J.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Previous government experience: Along with serving in the U.S. Congress, Mulvaney served in the South Carolina General Assembly, both in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

Religious Affiliation: Catholic

Notable achievements:

• While in Congress, he served on the Budget Committee, Joint Economic Committee, Small Business Committee, Financial Services Committee, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

• Founding member of the Freedom Caucus


Previous and forthcoming posts in this series: Vice PresidentSecretary of StateSecretary of the TreasurySecretary of Education, Secretary of LaborSecretary of Defense, Attorney GeneralSecretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of CommerceSecretary of Health and Human ServicesSecretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of EnergySecretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Homeland SecurityWhite House Chief of Staff, U.S. Trade RepresentativeDirector of National IntelligenceRepresentative of the United States to the United Nations, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration


Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).