Steininger named to direct OMB

Neil Steininger, who has held several roles in the Alaska Office of Management and Budget, is now the new director of OMB.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made the appointment effective on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Acting director Amanda Holland will continue to work at OMB to ensure a smooth transition.

Holland stepped in with the departure of controversial OMB director Donna Arduin, Dunleavy’s initial OMB director, on Oct. 1.

Arduin had guided the governor’s mandate to balance the state budget by cutting numerous services rather than increase taxes or reduce the Permanent Fund dividend.

Over the past five years Steininger has served as budget analyst, chief budget analyst and, most recently as the administrative services director for the Department of Education and Early Development. He has also worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public facilities and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, and in the private sector as an analyst.

A lifelong Alaskan, Steininger earned degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Nevada Reno.