(Updates with transition official saying Mulvaney chosen)
Dec 16 President-elect Donald Trump will
nominate Republican U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney to be
director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a
senior transition official said on Friday.
An announcement naming Mulvaney is expected to be made on
Monday, according to the Wichita Eagle newspaper, which first
reported that the South Carolina lawmaker had been chosen.
His nomination must be confirmed by the
Mulvaney's office did not immediately respond to a request
The OMB director plays a lead role in formulating budgets
that reflect the administration's legislative priorities and are
a blueprint for detailed spending and tax bills the president
wants Congress to consider.
Mulvaney, 49, is a fiscal conservative and was an outspoken
critic of former House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner,
who resigned in 2015 amid opposition from fellow Republicans who
were members of the House Freedom Caucus.
David Malpass, former chief economist with investment bank
Bear Stearns and a senior Trump adviser, was also considered for
the OMB job.
(Reporting by Steve Holland in New York; Additional reporting
by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Writing by
Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and James Dalgleish)