Today, I am excited to announce that Livia Shmavonian will serve as OMB’s new Made in America Director. Livia brings a wealth of experience in labor, economic, and trade policy to this critical position, and she’ll play a key role in continuing to advance the President’s vision for a future that’s Made in America with economic growth that finally works for working families.
Livia joins our team at a moment when President Biden’s economic plan has helped usher in a resurgence of American manufacturing. Since the President took office, the United States has added nearly 700,000 manufacturing jobs. Just last week, President Biden traveled to Poughkeepsie, New York to tour IBM and highlight the $20 billion investment the company is making in American manufacturing – following another recent $100 billion announcement from Micron. These major investments follow the President signing the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, which provides nearly $50 billion for American semiconductor manufacturing and innovation, as well as the historic investments made in American workers and businesses through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Under outgoing Director Celeste Drake’s leadership, the Made in America Office – a first-of-its-kind office President Biden established within OMB – has played a key role in the Administration’s efforts to boost domestic manufacturing. The Made in America Office has set an ambitious goal of raising the domestic content threshold for Federal procurement from 55 percent to 75 percent, ensuring the Federal government’s significant purchasing power is leveraged here at home. To support American businesses and workers, the Made in America Office has made the waiver process more efficient and transparent, established a new Made in America Council, and worked with dedicated career staff across Federal agencies to develop standard operating procedures for Made in America Office operations. And the Made in America Office is working with agencies to implement the “Build America, Buy America” requirements of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Federally funded projects – expanding job opportunities across the country.
Livia joins OMB from the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, where as Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary, she worked to advance American competitiveness. Previously, as Staff Director for the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness and Senior Advisor to Senator Bob Casey, she worked on trade and economic policy to ensure that every American has a fair shot at the middle class. With Livia at the helm of the Made in America Office, Made in America will continue to be more than an empty slogan in the Biden Administration– it’s a promise kept.
Shalanda Young is the Director of the Office of Management and Budget