If confirmed by the Senate, Beth Cobert would become the DDM and lead the second term management agenda. Obama nominated deputy secretaries at VA and Education, and senior officials at the Navy and State.
Experts say Beth Cobert must take the Goldilocks approach to developing management priorities for the next three years. President Barack Obama nominated Cobert to be OMB’s deputy director for management Wednesday. Performance management observers say she needs to bring energy and new ways of looking at old problems.
Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laud Beth Cobert’s private sector experience. But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Senate leaders do not plan to debate or vote on any nominations during the shutdown.
Beth Cobert is on the job as the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate confirmed Cobert and 24 other nominees late Wednesday night.
SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.
OMB releases the latest details on how agencies did in fiscal 2013 and promises more guidance next year.
OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don’t slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.
The White House will release an updated list of agency high-priority goals and cross-agency priority goals with the annual budget request to Congress in March. Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget detailed agency successes over the last two years in meeting current goals.
In the fiscal 2015 budget, the White House laid out initiatives that fall under each of the four pillars of the management agenda. The federal IT budget would drop to $79.1 billion in 2015 — down from $81.4 billion in 2014.
An update for your agency’s performance management to-do list.