Phillip L. Swagel, an economist with extensive service in the George W. Bush administration, has been appointed the new director of the Congressional Budget Office. . . .
Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the deficit-conscious Concord Coalition, called Swagel a “highly respected economist who will uphold CBO’s deserved reputation for independence and integrity.”
Bixby said he first met Swagel when the economist was in the Bush Treasury Department. “Even though the Concord Coalition was critical of some of Bush's budget policies, Phill wanted to focus on areas where we might have common ground,” Bixby said. “That sticks with me because the last thing Washington needs right now is an ideological crusader as CBO director.”