According to officials familiar with the matter, Shaun Donovan will be leaving the secretary position at
the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a job he has held since
the beginning of the Obama Administration, to head the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB). Julian Castro, the current
mayor of San Antonio, Texas is said to be the President's pick to replace
Donovan. A nomination is expected some time this week.
Castro, 39, in his third term as Mayor, was keynote speaker at the 2012
Democratic National Convention and is frequently mentioned as a possibility as
the party's vice presidential nominee in 2016.
His twin brother, Representative Joaquin
Castro, represents the 20th Congressional District in Texas. The two Castro brothers were raised by their
mother and grandmother in San Antonia and both attended Stanford University and
Harvard Law School. Julian Castro is
said to have turned down an offer to head the Department of Transportation
earlier in President Obama's second term but apparently is willing to take the
HUD job and the FBI is rumored to have been vetting him for several weeks.
The appointment of Donovan to OMB is part of a mini-shuffling of the Obama
cabinet Donovan is slated to fill the
position currently held by Sylvia Mathews Burwell who is expected to be
confirmed to replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned in April as Secretary of
Health and Human Services. OMB assists
the president in preparing the federal budget and oversees its administration
within the executive branch, helping to formulate the administrations spending
plans, ensure that agency reports and rules and proposed legislation are
consistent with the President's spending plans, and evaluate the effectiveness
of executive branch programs.
taking over at HUD where he has made ending homelessness especially among
veterans a priority Donovan was commissioner of the New
York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.