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Former Budget Director Peter Orszag To Speak At Texas A&M Feb. 23

February 07, 2011

Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during 2009-2010 will be the featured speaker for the 2011 ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series Feb. 23 at Texas A&M University. Orszag’s 5:30 p.m. presentation at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center will be hosted by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy, which is part of the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

In conjunction with his presentation, Peter Orszag will receive the first “Mosbacher Institute Good Governance Award” for his leadership at the OMB during a period of great economic turmoil. The award will be presented by Prof. James M. Griffin, director of the Mosbacher Institute.

Following his lecture, Dr. Orszag will join a panel discussion on the topic of “Deficit Reduction: What Are the Options?” which will spotlight the fiscal and budgetary decisions currently facing policymakers. The panel will also include Dennis Jansen of Texas A&M University’s Department of Economics, and George Zodrow of Rice University, editor of the National Tax Journal.

Prior to assuming his post at the OMB under President Barack Obama,  Orszag served as the director of the Congressional Budget Office under President George W. Bush and was a senior advisor on the Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton.  He was also a senior fellow and deputy director of economic studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where he directed the Hamilton Project.

The Feb. 23 program is free and open to public, but an RSVP by Friday, February 18, is required, planners note. To RSVP,  email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone: 979 845 1927.

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service was founded in October 2009 to produce policy-oriented research in trade, energy and governance. Web: For more information about this event and the Mosbacher Institute, visit

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