OMB directors are the decathletes of government officials.
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When President Obama needs a reliever to help him out of a crisis, he makes a call to his bullpen — the Office of Management and Budget.
Time and time again, the president has called in the nerdy office, which has become a sort of second brain for his administration.
When the Internal Revenue Service was found to be targeting conservative groups, Obama called the OMB and found Danny Werfel, a longtime civil servant who was then the budget office controller.
When Bill Daley fell out with Senate Democrats and Obama needed to replace him as White House chief of staff, Obama called in Jack Lew from the budget office to do the job.
After HealthCare.gov crashed, Obama called in former acting budget chief Jeff Zients to clean up the mess.