WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama yesterday vowed to work closely with state and local officials to craft his two-year, multibillion-dollar stimulus plan and stressed that it will focus on providing funding for transportation and infrastructure projects that are already underway or ready to go.

Obama made the remarks at a press conference in Chicago, during which he announced he is nominating Peter Orszag as director and Robert Nabors as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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