Fiscal Guardians

2016 – Paul H. O’Neill receives second annual Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award from George Mason University’s Centers on the Public Service.

Paul H. O’Neill was today named the second recipient of an annual award from George Mason University recognizing those who over a career have made important and lasting contributions to the federal government’s budget process and institutions and have demonstrated high personal integrity and dedication to public service.

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Mr. O’Neill joined the Bureau of the Budget in 1967, and rose through the career ranks until he was appointed Deputy Director of OMB, serving from 1974 to 1977, under Directors Roy Ash and Jim Lynn.  He was a close adviser to Gerald R. Ford, first as Vice President and later President, and played an important role in overseeing executive branch affairs during the tumult of the Watergate period.  O’Neill was chairman and CEO of Alcoa Corporation from 1987 to 1999.  He returned to federal service as the 72nd Secretary of the Treasury in the George W. Bush administration.

Presenting the Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award to Mr. O’Neill at today’s luncheon of OMB alumni in Arlington, Virginia, another former OMB staff member, Bernard Martin, expressed admiration on behalf of his former colleagues for “Paul’s unremitting commitment to excellence in service to the Presidency, most especially during the period when the President and his key assistants were consumed with the Watergate affair.”

Members of the selecting board include Paul Posner, director of GMU’s Center on the Public Service in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; Joe Minarik, former chief economist at OMB; Steve Redburn, an affiliated faculty member of the Center and former OMB career executive; and two other former OMB career executives, Jonathan Breul and Kenneth Schwartz.

The award will be made annually.  It is made possible by a grant to George Mason from alumni of the former Bureau of the Budget, a group now merged with the OMB alumni association.

2015 – Alice Rivlin receives first Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award from George Mason University’s Centers on the Public Service

rivlin award screen imageAlice Rivlin was today named the first recipient of a new annual award from George Mason University (GMU) recognizing those who over a career have made important and lasting contributions to the federal government’s budget process and institutions and have demonstrated high personal integrity and dedication to public service.

Dr. Rivlin was first director of the Congressional Budget Office, and is universally credited with establishing CBO as a trustworthy nonpartisan source of numbers and policy analysis for Congress and the public. She later served as Director of the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as Vice Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. In 2010, Rivlin was named by President Obama to his Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She also co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction. She has taught at George Mason University, and is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Award

Presenting the Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award to Dr. Rivlin at today’s luncheon of OMB alumni in Arlington, Virginia, her former colleague at OMB and GMU affiliated faculty member Joe Minarik who expressed “the admiration, respect and affection of a room full of dedicated professionals for whom your example has been the star to steer by for a career of public budgeting here in Washington.” Minarik was joined by other members of the selecting board: Paul Posner, director of GMU’s Centers on the Public Service in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; Steve Redburn, an affiliated faculty member of the Center and former OMB career executive; and two former OMB career executives, Jonathan Breul and Kenneth Schwartz.

The award will be made annually. It is made possible by a grant to GMU from alumni of the former Bureau of the Budget, a group now merged with the OMB alumni association.