WASHINGTON, April 22 A White House official on
Thursday dismissed as "idle speculation" a news report that
President Barack Obama's budget director Peter Orszag is
considering stepping down in the coming months.
The Obama administration pushed back against the Bloomberg
news report that Orszag had been poised to leave as early as
this summer but was weighing Obama's appeal to stay on and
would make his decision soon. Orszag heads the White House
Office of Management and Budget.
"He's focused on his job and idle speculation is just
that," said Kenneth Baer, an OMB spokesman.
If Orszag were to leave, it would be the first departure
from Obama's Cabinet and would come as the president is putting
increased focus on reducing record federal budget deficits.
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Will Dunham)