Pence shuffles budget staff

2013-06-24T14:22:00Z 2013-06-24T19:01:15Z Pence shuffles budget staffBy Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is separating the directorships of the Office of Management and Budget and the State Budget Agency.

Chris Atkins holds both titles and is responsible for overseeing seven state financing agencies while working with the Republican governor and Legislature to manage Indiana's spending.

Pence announced Monday he is appointing Brian Bailey budget director effective July 15. Bailey is OMB chief of staff and was a commissioner at the Department of Local Government Finance under former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"Under his guidance, I am confident that the State Budget Agency will continue to wisely manage state resources and grow our state's economy," Pence said.

Andrew Kossack, Pence's education and workforce policy director -- and the state's former public access counselor -- will replace Bailey at OMB.

Atkins will remain OMB director and plans to work more closely with Pence to manage state agencies.

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