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Friday, May 02, 2014

Obama to nominate long-time former fed to be OMB controller

President Barack Obama intends to nominate David Mader to be the controller of the Office of Management and Budget.

The White House announced the President's plans to tap Mader, a senior vice president for strategy and organization at Booz Allen Hamilton, to return to government. It was one of several management positions announced Thursday.

Mader would replace Danny Werfel, who served as controller of OMB for four years and left last fall to take over the IRS as acting commissioner.

The irony of Mader's potential nomination is he worked at the IRS for 32 years, rising to senior executive levels including acting deputy commissioner, acting deputy commissioner for modernization and chief information officer, assistant deputy commissioner and chief for management and finance before leaving government.

Since he retired in 2003, Mader worked at Booz Allen for most of his post government career.

Mader should be well known around OMB, which is one of his many Booz Allen clients. According to the company's website, Mader works with several agencies, including the Department of Treasury, Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration and the Government Accountability Office. He provides an assortment of consultant services, from organizational transformation to financial management to strategic community to performance management.

Mader's nomination is a bit of a departure for the White House in that it's choosing someone with decades of federal experience, though still from the ranks of a consultant. Typically, the administration has chosen senior OMB political appointees with limited or no real federal experience.

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