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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

OMB management chief welcomes Democratic oversight

Key committees involved in oversight of government activities are preparing to hold their first hearings this session of Congress, and the Bush administration's management chief says he is looking forward to working with the new Democratic leaders.

Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said last week that he has met with the chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees. Both sides agreed there are flaws that need to be addressed, he said.

He said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the chairman of the Senate committee, wanted to know how he could assist OMB.

"[He] told us ... 'Let me know what I can do. If you have any stumbling blocks or obstacles out there, let me know what I can do to keep these things moving forward,'" Johnson said.

On Tuesday, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., will hold a hearing on possible political interference with the work of federal climate change scientists.

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of a House Government Oversight and Reform subcommittee on government management, organization and procurement, said his panel will be looking at major agency procurements to determine whether or not the government received "the best bang for the buck."

-Daniel Pulliam, GovExec.com


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