Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Shalanda Young as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this morning. The White House is expected to also name her acting director of OPM at least for the short term.

Young served as staff director and clerk for the House Appropriations Committee and has over 14 years of combined experience in various roles with the committee. Young’s confirmation has garnered attention as she gained increased support from Congress to serve as director of OMB, after the withdrawal of Neera Tanden’s nomination for the top job.

President Biden has still yet to announce his pick for OMB director. However, earlier this month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called for Congress to speed along Young’s confirmation process so that she would be in a position to serve as the acting director of OMB.

The Senate voted to confirm Young as the deputy director of OMB late on Tuesday, in a 63-37 vote.

Young has pledged her commitment to several tech investments and upgrades, including investments for the Technology Modernization Fund and upgrades to legacy IT systems.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.