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G. Edward DeSeve: Advisor to Federal Stimulus Program for Obama Administration
March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27



G. Edward DeSeve, senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, has been appointed senior advisor to the Office of Management and Budget  (OMB) for Recovery Act Implementation, special advisor to the president and assistant to the vice president.

In his new role, Mr. DeSeve will have day-to-day responsibility for achieving the Obama administration’s goals for the Recovery Act, managing distribution of the $787 billion federal stimulus funds. He will focus on interagency coordination and lead White House efforts to make sure that the Recovery Act is implemented quickly and effectively.  His management efforts inside the Executive Office of the President will complement the oversight work led by the independent Accountability and Transparency Board, chaired by Earl Devaney.

At Penn, Mr. DeSeve has taught graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses at Fels beginning in 1985, conducted research and authored The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook.

For eight years he taught at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and was a senior fellow at James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

He previously worked in OMB as deputy director for management and served as chief financial officer of the Housing and Urban Development Department during the Clinton administration. Mr. DeSeve was also special assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey and director of finance for the City of Philadelphia under three mayors: Frank Rizzo, William Green, and W. Wilson Goode Sr.

Until recently, Mr. DeSeve was the chairman of Strategy and Solution Partners, which provided sustainability and consulting services to governments and nonprofits.

He earned a BS in labor economics from Cornell University and in 1971 he earned a master’s degree in government administration in public finance from the University of Pennsylvania.


Almanac - March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27