Business: Soft Touch At the OMB

Its chief has little impact

When James Mclntyre Jr. was propelled from near anonymity last December to replace flamboyant Bert Lance as chief of the Office of Management and Budget, everybody hoped that more was there than met the eye. Mclntyre, 37, had served well enough as Lance's deputy at OMB and as Georgia's budget director under Governor Jimmy Carter. But many skeptics wondered if the bland lawyer from Vidalia, Ga., had the forcefulness and credentials for the top job previously held by such heavyweights as Charles Schultze and Kermit Gordon. Of his critics,...

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