Deputy Head
Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Jón R. Blöndal is currently Deputy Head of the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This division is concerned with the overall functioning of the budgeting system—promoting aggregate fiscal discipline, the effective allocation and relocation of resources, and the efficient management of government. As such, it is involved with the whole budgeting cycle—formulation, approval, implementation, and audit. The division is also responsible for the OECD’s extensive programme of cooperation with non-Member countries on budgeting and public expenditure issues. Blöndal is also a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board as observer. Prior to joining the OECD in 1995, he served as Head of Division, Icelandic Ministry of Finance. Concurrently, he served in the Office of the Prime Minister as Executive Director of the Icelandic Government’s Privatisation Commission. Blöndal received his degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1990. He was a Special Guest at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., while on sabbatical from the OECD in the summer of 2001. A citizen of Iceland, Blöndal resides in Paris, France.