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Peter Orszag: Ready to hit the speaking circuit?


By Al Kamen
Outgoing Office of Management and Budget chief Peter Orszag has plenty to do before he leaves his job in the next few weeks.

OMB needs to finish its "mid-session review" of key budget estimates --- which is due July 15. And he's got to plan his Sept. 25 wedding in New York to ABC News reporter Bianna Golodryga. (The couple is registered at Bloomingdale's.)

Beyond some speculation that Orszag may be going to a think tank for a while before heading off for serious Wall Street money, there's been nothing specific about his plans, though something may pop shortly. (And, after all, there's that growing family to feed -- two kids from a first marriage and November-born baby Tatiana, whom he fathered with an ex-girlfriend.)

OMB spokesman Kenneth S. Baer told reporters last month that "Peter's focused on his work, not on Washington speculation."

Still, it was good to hear that he hadn't stopped thinking about tomorrow. We got an e-mail the other day saying that Jeremy Steele, a senior vice president at The Harry Walker Agency, a top booking agency for public speakers, wanted to "share some exciting news."

"As you probably know, Peter Orszag, the 37th director of the Office of Management and Budget, is stepping down at the end of July," Steele said. (A White House official confirmed Thursday afternoon that his last day would be July 30.) "We will have the honor of representing him exclusively for all of his speaking engagements which take place after he leaves office." Steele included as background an Orzsag profile in whorunsgov.com.

Signing up for an exclusive deal is surely the way to go, and Harry Walker is an excellent selection. Orszag joins a stellar stable that includes Henry A. Kissinger, Karl Rove and Bono and features former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

It's unclear how much Orszag will get per speech -- should be up to about $25,000 or so, according to two sources handled by the agency. That's a fine start.

By Al Kamen  |  July 8, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
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