President Obama’s choice to be the government’s chief budget officer received a bonus of more than $900,000 from Citigroup Inc. last year — after the Wall Street firm for which he worked received a massive taxpayer bailout.
The money was paid to Jacob Lew in January 2009, about two weeks before he joined the State Department as deputy secretary of state, according to a newly filed ethics form. The payout came on top of the already hefty $1.1 million Citigroup compensation package for 2008 that he reported last year.
Administration officials and members of Congress last year expressed outrage that executives at other bailed-out firms, such as American International Group Inc., awarded bonuses to top executives. State Department officials at the time steadfastly refused to say if Mr. Lew received a post-bailout bonus from Citigroup in response to inquiries from The Washington Times.
“Jack Lew has dedicated two decades to public service,” White House spokeswoman Moira Mack wrote in an e-mail to The Times. “He has served with distinction in two Administrations and in Congress, and has precisely the kind of experience we need at OMB at this critical juncture.”
Formerly a chief operating officer at Citi Alternative Investments, a unit of Citigroup, Mr. Lew disclosed in an ethics filing that the money was “discretionary cash compensation” from 2008 that he received on Jan. 15, 2009.
The records show that Mr. Lew received the $944,578 payment four days after he filed his 2008 ethics disclosure.
That filing did note that he was eligible to collect additional discretionary compensation for 2008 prior to joining the State Department. It also disclosed that he had received $1.1 million in salary and discretionary cash compensation from Citigroup for 2008.
In response to questions from The Times last year about Mr. Lew’s compensation, a State Department spokesman declined to say whether he took a bonus in January before entering the government and, if so, how much.
“Like so many, Deputy Secretary Lew returned to government to serve the public. A review of his public financial disclosure report and his federal salary speaks to that commitment,” a spokesman said at the time. The State Department job paid $177,000 per year.
In nominating Mr. Lew as director at the OMB, Mr. Obama earlier this month praised Mr. Lew for his work as deputy director at the OMB during the Clinton administration, as a principal domestic policy adviser to House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, and as an executive vice president at New York University.
Although the White House made clear mention of Mr. Lew’s work at Citigroup in an official announcement about the OMB nomination, Mr. Obama passed over that portion of the nominee’s resume in public remarks.View Entire Story
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Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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