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This hidden side of government is exemplified by Jacob Lew, the treasury secretary and a two-time former director of the OMB. Quiet and self-effacing, Lew may be the most important official most Americans have never heard of. To some critics, Lew is an example of an out-of-touch elite that's disconnected from the middle class.Lew's education began with his first boss, House Speaker Tip O'Neill.Today, Lew keeps in his Treasury office the gavel that was used in passing the legislation.Lew entered the Clinton White House as a midlevel aide and was dispatched to OMB as an assistant to Panetta, later becoming director in 1998 .Those tactics backfired because of public anger, and Lew subsequently negotiated budget deals with Gingrich that advanced key social safety-net programs.After the debt-ceiling brouhaha, Lew moved to Treasury and began to accomplish, piece by piece, some of the budget reforms that had come apart in 2011 and 2012 .
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