According to several media reports on May 17, President Barack Obama intends to nominate HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to be the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whose nomination to be the Secretary for Health and Human Services is pending before the Senate.
The President is also expected to tap San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to take over the leadership of HUD. If confirmed, Mayor Castro would be the second mayor of the Texas city to serve as HUD Secretary. Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros was the first Secretary of HUD in the Clinton Administration.
“Mayor Castro is the son of a civil rights activist, comes from a family of recent immigrants and leads a city where widespread poverty and inequality are the defining challenges. He has worked effectively in San Antonio to expand opportunity in housing, overcome neighborhood segregation and create more jobs for lower-skilled workers, “said John Henneberger, Co-Director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, an NLIHC state coalition partner. “At a time when we desperately need focus, energy and leadership from HUD to take on inequality and fair housing it seems to me Julián Castro is an exciting choice.”
An official White House announcement has yet to be made. Senate confirmation is required for OMB Director as well as for Cabinet Secretaries.