Tag: OMB

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is opposing the nomination of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice for budget director, and two of the most moderate Republicans are already saying they’re voting against her as well. They also hammer California Democrat Ro Khanna, after the congressman says he doesn’t want small businesses that cannot afford to pay $15 per hour. And they follow the insane evolution of “the experts,” who are now saying that you will need to wear a mask long after the bulk of the population has been vaccinated.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for exposing the nastiness of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget. They also groan as the World Health Organization comes to the precise conclusion about the COVID outbreak that China wanted – after China restricted the evidence available for examination. And they roll their eyes as Tampa Mayor Jane Caston expects police to hunt down people who did not wear masks while celebrating the Super Bowl.

 

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Only the innocent and naive will be suprised by the news that the suspension of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was ordered withheld by an official of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget 91 minutes after Trump’s telephone call with President Zelenskiy. This step was taken months after the Defense Department […]

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The Power Behind Deregulation

 

Remember when Trump promised to cut back regulations to 1960s levels? Well, Neomi Rao, the new Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, may not be able to make that dramatic a change, but she is making a big dent in the regulatory state and she is a long way from finished.

Rao isn’t afraid to show her pluck when it comes to getting things done. George Mason University wanted to change the name of its law school to honor Antonin Scalia, and liberals were up in arms about it. They were especially unhappy that the Charles Koch Foundation was making a $10 million donation to the school. Yet Rao won the support of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for the name change; Justice Ginsberg had been a longtime friend of Justice Scalia and said the name change was “altogether fitting.”

In July, Ms. Rao was also confirmed as of the Administrator of the OIRA, which is part of OMB. She held a press conference December 14 and described the OIRA’s accomplishments through September, as well as its role for the coming year:

Government Transparency Website Loses Track of $619 Billion

 

In a government filled with lousy websites, USASpending.gov stands out as particularly awful. The design is straight out of a 1998 CompuServe user forum, but that’s cosmetic. The worst part is that the site is atrocious at fulfilling its legal duty.

Congress mandated that the website make government spending more transparent by listing the who, what and how much of federal contracts. How’s USASpending doing? Well, it makes HealthCare.gov look like a model of technological genius.