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  • OMB rejects Army bid for bigger share of 2008 budget

    11/01/2006 9:18:27 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 4 replies · 400+ views
    www.governmentexecutive.com ^ | October 25, 2006 | By Megan Scully
    The Army has lost an extraordinary bid to capture a larger share of the fiscal 2008 Defense budget, with Office of Management and Budget officials agreeing to give the heavily deployed military service $121 billion next year -- nearly $18 billion below what senior officers say they need, several defense sources familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker has said that the service needs $138.8 billion next year to continue plans to transform the force and pay burgeoning personnel, operations and maintenance bills. Pentagon leaders issued fiscal 2008 budget planning guidance earlier this year that...
  • Air Force Association: Back to Demolition Derby?

    10/03/2006 9:54:15 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 20 replies · 1,090+ views
    Air Force Association Magazine ^ | August 1, 2006 | Robert S. Dudney
    Air Force Association August 2006, Vol. 89, No. 8 By Robert S. Dudney, Editor in ChiefBack to Demolition Derby? The Air Force should prepare itself for budget combat. Critics frequently dispute USAF’s claim that it needs to modernize its aircraft fleets. For anyone who may have harbored an honest doubt, though, the question was answered by a June exercise in Alaska. Twelve super-sophisticated F-22s, in simulated combat, posted a startling 108-to-zero record against current-generation “enemy” fighters, reported Gen. John D.W. Corley, USAF’s vice chief of staff. Against the same foes, older F-15s and F/A-18s did one-tenth as well as the...
  • Q&A: Rob Portman; Director of the Office of Management and Budget

    07/23/2006 8:57:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 240+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2006 | Interview with Rob Portman, Director OMB
    Portman, formerly the U.S. trade representative and a Republican congressman from Ohio, was nominated in April by President Bush to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. He was confirmed by the Senate and took office May 29. Portman released OMB's Mid-Session Review July 11 showing a 30 percent drop in the deficit figures forecast last February. He was interviewed July 12 by Insight section editor Robert J. Caldwell. For the first time in years, the news on budget deficits is good. To what do you attribute this? The tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 have been successful....
  • Bush Taps Portman As New Budget Director

    04/18/2006 7:07:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 540+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/06 | Terence Hunt - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday nominated Trade Representative Rob Portman (news, bio, voting record) as the White House budget director, turning to a Washington insider and longtime friend as part of an effort to re-energize the administration and boost the president's record-low approval ratings. Bush said more changes are in the works under his new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten. "With a new man will come some changes," the president said. But he emphasized anew that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's job is safe, despite calls for his resignation from a half dozen retired military commanders. "I hear the voices...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 4.18.06

    04/18/2006 4:53:06 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 143 replies · 2,796+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Tuesday April 18, 2006 | GretchenM
    President Bush talked about American competitiveness in Maryland and welcomed, along with Secretary of State Rice, Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon to the WH. He nominated Rob Portman as OMB Director and Susan Schwab for USTR. Vice President Dick Cheney visited troops at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Laura Bush visited with the Lebanese PM's wife at the WH. Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • DeLay on short list for OMB job (... White House Job for Tom Delay)

    04/13/2006 10:28:40 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 32 replies · 1,489+ views
    UPI/ WashTimes ^ | Apr. 13, 2006
    The White House is looking at a list of cost-cutting candidates to head the Office of Management and Budget, and Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, may be on it. The former House majority leader, who announced he will resign from Congress and is under a state indictment on political money laundering charges, is listed as a possible replacement for Josh Bolten, the U.S. News and World Report said. Bolten has been named incoming White House chief of staff.
  • Novak: Karl Rove Supreme

    03/29/2006 10:28:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 34 replies · 1,557+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | March 30, 2006 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Everybody in Washington's Republican political community was well aware that any changes George W. Bush made in his White House staff would not constitute a shake-up. What nobody expected was that Josh Bolten, in essence a professional bureaucrat, would be promoted to chief of staff. Yet, this selection becomes understandable as a confirmation of Karl Rove's supremacy in the White House.Rove holds the mundane titles of senior adviser to the president and deputy chief of staff, but scarcely anything happens in the Bush administration without his approval. Now he is more influential than ever. Andrew Card, the departing...
  • WSJ: Doesn't Anyone Know the Score? CBO ignores growth impact of personal accounts for SS

    09/26/2005 5:33:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 424+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2005 | NEWT GINGRICH and PETER FERRARA
    While Katrina relief has now jumbled the numbers, the rapidly declining federal deficit projections this past summer revealed a critical challenge for national economic policy making. Once again, they showed that the scoring of the effects of major policy changes performed by the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office were highly erroneous. The errors were not random. They were strongly and consistently biased against pro-market, pro-growth reforms, and they are the long-recognized results of outdated methodologies employed by federal scoring agencies. The end result is that such errors greatly hamper or prevent Congress from adopting policies...
  • Cost Concerns Plague Army's High-Tech Plan

    03/27/2005 6:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 567+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 28, 2005 | TIM WEINER
    The Army's plan to transform itself into a futuristic high-technology force has become so expensive that some of the military's strongest supporters in Congress are questioning the program's costs and complexity. Army officials said Saturday that the first phase of the program, called Future Combat Systems, could run to $145 billion. Paul Boyce, an Army spokesman, said the "technological bridge to the future" would equip 15 brigades of roughly 3,000 soldiers, or about one-third of the force the Army plans to field, over a 20-year span. That price tag, larger than past estimates publicly disclosed by the Army, does not...
  • IS OUR DEFICIT REALLY SHRINKING? I DON'T THINK SO.

    01/15/2005 6:53:08 AM PST · by babylontoday · 20 replies · 490+ views
    U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt ^ | 1-15-2005 | babylontoday
    Kinda depends on how you figure it. Somebody help me with my math here. Would anybody disagree that the amount of annual increase in our overall DEBT should be the measure of our overall DEFICIT (this would also include SS, interest, etc.)? On that premise, according to the numbers from the Tresury link here: http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/opd/opdpdodt.htm The current debt is: 7,601,173,485,023 debt 1-13-05 7,379,052,696,330 minus debt on fiscal close on 9-30-04 =221,120,788,693 over 3-1/2 months = 63,463,082,483 per month, times 12 months =761,556,989,796 linear projection for funding shortfall this fiscal year. This would appear to be roughly consistent with acceleration of...
  • No Deficit of Courage, by Josh Bolton, Director of OMB

    11/24/2004 5:05:12 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 714+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 24, 2004 | JOSHUA BOLTEN
    ...When the president released his Fiscal 2005 Budget in February calling for a disciplined budget, some politicians and pundits dismissed it as "dead on arrival." They warned that its spending limits could not be met or would require devastating reductions in key priorities. They were wrong. To the credit of key leaders, the Congress stayed within budget limits and met key priorities. While the appropriations bills are not perfect, they honor the goals President Bush set last February: overall discretionary spending in Fiscal 2005 will rise only 4%, the same as the average increase in American family income. The budget...
  • WSJ: What? Spending Restraint? -- The lame-duck Congress may not be a lame as we thought.

    11/19/2004 6:07:51 AM PST · by OESY · 7 replies · 743+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 19, 2004 | Editorial
    ...The end of the last fiscal year on September 30 brought good news on the deficit front. And there's a fighting chance that the current lame-duck Congress will actually exercise some restraint in its appropriations for 2005. The media Furies and partisans are all astir because Congress voted to raise the debt limit again this week, as if not lifting the borrowing cap and defaulting was a viable option for the U.S. But the real story emerging this week is that the White House finally seems serious about holding the line on its budgetary spending strictures -- and won't stand...
  • Bush Spends Evening Out Visiting Friend

    11/13/2004 1:50:49 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 7 replies · 899+ views
    AP ^ | 11/12/04
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush spent Friday evening at the home of Clay Johnson, a college friend and administration official who also has a hand in shaping Bush's second-term Cabinet. The president spent about two hours at Johnson's house in a Washington suburb. Johnson, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, and White House chief of staff Andy Card are among those who are intimately involved in discussions on second-term personnel. Bush's longtime friend also worked with him while he was Texas governor and later served as head of the Bush-Cheney transition team into the Oval Office in...
  • Out of Spotlight, Bush Overhauls U.S. Regulations (Liberals Incensed At Bush43 Regulatory Reforms)!

    08/13/2004 7:52:22 PM PDT · by Southack · 17 replies · 1,131+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 14, 2004 | JOEL BRINKLEY
    Out of Spotlight, Bush Overhauls U.S. RegulationsBy JOEL BRINKLEYPublished: August 14, 2004 ASHINGTON, Aug. 13 - April 21 was an unusually violent day in Iraq; 68 people died in a car bombing in Basra, among them 23 children. As the news went from bad to worse, President Bush took a tough line, vowing to a group of journalists, "We're not going to cut and run while I'm in the Oval Office." On the same day, deep within the turgid pages of the Federal Register, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a regulation that would forbid the public release of...
  • The (Political) Science of Stem Cells: Far from banning research, Bush is expanding federal funding

    08/12/2004 2:11:21 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 4 replies · 335+ views
    OJ ^ | 8/12/04 | editorial
    You might not know about it from listening to the news lately, [but] the President also looks forward to medical breakthroughs that may arise from stem cell research. Few people know that George W. Bush is the only President to ever authorize federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. --Laura Bush The First Lady was way too polite: The way stem cells have been reported, you'd think we were in a new Dark Ages, with government-backed religious inquisitors threatening scientists on the cusp of life-saving treatments. Reinforcing this misimpression are the headlines and commentators talking up a "ban" on research....
  • Budget memo serves as Democratic ammo

    05/28/2004 12:42:30 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 122+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, May 28, 2004 | By Amy Fagan
    <p>Democrats were in a full-court press yesterday, criticizing President Bush for an administration document they say directs federal agencies to prepare preliminary 2006 budgets that cut spending for education, veterans benefits and other key programs after the 2004 election.</p> <p>It directs associate directors and deputies of federal programs to "assume accounts are funded at the 2006 level specified in the 2005 budget database," and, if they propose any increase above that level, it must be offset with cuts in other areas.</p>
  • President Bush Administration Tries to Save Americans From Job-Killing Regulations

    03/16/2004 4:37:01 PM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 10 replies · 163+ views
    www.newsmax.com ^ | Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com
    WASHINGTON The U.S. government is recognizing that some if not many of its own regulations are throwing Americans out of work. Questions about the effectiveness, if not the destructiveness and counter-productiveness of burdensome regulations that have piled up over the years, have led the Bush administration to conduct a government-wide review. The idea is to determine whether such regulations have crippled the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. An AP story on this survey noted that U.S. manufacturers have been hardest hit by the last recession. As NewsMax.com has reported, claims of 2 million to 3 million jobs lost under...
  • CUT OUR BUDGET

    02/08/2004 8:29:08 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 193+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 7, 2004 | Robert Novak
    Budget Director Joshua Bolten has privately issued an unprecedented challenge to unhappy conservative Republicans in Congress: Go ahead and cut President Bush's domestic budget if you can. We won't oppose you. Bolten addressed GOP lawmakers assembled in Philadelphia just before the budget was released. Conservatives grumbled that Bush's proposed increase in discretionary domestic spending of only one quarter of one percent was bogus, because its reductions in popular programs never will pass Congress.
  • Study Finds Net Gain From Pollution Rules

    09/27/2003 6:30:20 PM PDT · by JohnSmithee · 4 replies · 210+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 27, 2003 | Eric Pianin
    A new White House study concludes that environmental regulations are well worth the costs they impose on industry and consumers, resulting in significant public health improvements and other benefits to society. The findings overturn a previous report that officials now say was defective. The report, issued this month by the Office of Management and Budget, concludes that the health and social benefits of enforcing tough new clean-air regulations during the past decade were five to seven times greater in economic terms than were the costs of complying with the rules.
  • New Budget Director Calls Deficit Manageable

    07/17/2003 4:48:19 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 6 replies · 186+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 7/17/03 | DAVID E. ROSENBAUM
    In his first Congressional testimony since he became budget director last month, Joshua B. Bolten asserted today that the $455 billion budget deficit he projected on Tuesday was completely manageable and that President Bush's tax cuts were not the problem but "part of the solution." "The key to improving the budget outlook is healthy and sustained recovery with strong job creation," he told the House Budget Committee. "Had Congress not enacted the president's three tax relief packages," Mr. Bolten added, "the economy would be substantially weaker than it is, and there would have been substantially greater job losses." With statements...
  • Increased Spending, Deficit Produce Political Danger for GOP

    06/10/2003 11:00:31 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 363+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/10/03 | Christine Hall
    Think Republicans are the small government party? Federal domestic spending rose eight percent from 2001 to 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at a time when the GOP controlled the White House and the U.S. House. A decade ago, when Democrats controlled all of Congress and the presidency, spending rose 4.8 percent from 1993 to 1994. Now, the Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a $400 billion budget deficit this year, about four percent of the Gross Domestic Product. That could mean trouble for the GOP in upcoming elections. "People think we're increasing spending just for defense," said Brian Riedl,...
  • Patty Murray's Hostage

    06/07/2003 5:21:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 277+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 6, 2003 | The Prowler
    Democrats in the Senate aren't just filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees. They're also blocking a number of his political nominations. Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher is the hold up on Office of Management and Budget deputy director-designate Clay Johnson. Johnson, who has been friends with President Bush since college, was put up for nomination several months ago. At that time, Sen. Robert Byrd placed a hold on the nomination, citing Clay's allegedly testy relationship with organized labor. "Byrd is a slave to the unions, and would do just about anything for them," says a Senate Republican leadership staffer. Earlier this week...
  • US businessman to lead Iraq agriculture reconstruction efforts

    04/23/2003 10:50:39 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 186+ views
    US businessman to lead Iraq agriculture reconstruction efforts The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named a Washington-based agribusinessman to head the department's agriculture reconstruction efforts in Iraq. In an April 21 press release, USAID said that Dan Amstutz will serve as senior ministry advisor for agriculture in the rebuilding effort and will coordinate the US Government activities in the sector. USDA is one of several US federal agencies sending officials to the region agencies to assist efforts to rebuild Iraq's political system, the release noted. Others include the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, Treasury, Justice,...
  • IMPRISON FRAUDULENT BOOKKEEPERS

    10/19/2002 9:56:12 AM PDT · by forest · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #292 ^ | 10-20-02 | Doug Fiedor
    As we reported back in 1999 (issue #134), the political quote of the decade comes from former economics professor turned politician, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R. TX): "I have identified three groups of people who have the privilege of taking and spending other people's money. They are children, thieves and politicians, and they all need more adult supervision." Four and a half years later, nothing has changed. "Public relations charades like 'Reinventing Government' cannot change the way Washington works," said Dick Armey (who, incidentally, has a Ph.D. in economics). And Armey was absolutely correct. Al Gore's "Reinventing Government" program...
  • New Guidelines Open U.S. Data To Challenge

    10/06/2002 3:28:38 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 280+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, October 1, 2002 | Washington Post Staff Writer
    <p>Knowledge may be power in most places, but cold, hard data rule in Washington.</p> <p>In the arduous process of creating a federal regulation, the bricks and mortar are the data underlying the rule -- the scientific studies, the surveys, the risk assessments, morbidity estimates, the economic analysis. Regulators at federal agencies are the final arbiters in what goes into the mix and whether it's reliable. Challenges to their judgment usually end up in court years after the rule is conceived.</p>
  • Congress sends OMB a $100,000 message (or, my title: "The Empire Strikes Back")

    08/05/2002 4:38:14 PM PDT · by Demian · 1 replies · 234+ views
    GovExec.com ^ | 8/5/02 | Bill Ghent
    August 5, 2002 Congress sends OMB a $100,000 message By Bill Ghent, CongressDaily Blink and you would miss it: a one-liner in the fiscal 2002 supplemental spending bill President Bush signed Friday to rescind $100,000 from the budget of the Office of Management and Budget. But the cutworth less than a half percent of OMB's budget - has significant political undertones to it. In the words of appropriators themselves, the rescission was as much about substance as it was about sending a "symbolic gesture" to what has become their worst nemesis. Worn down by what they see as lack of...
  • Bush Admin recommends voluntary reductions of diesel pollution, linked to 8,500 premature deaths

    06/08/2002 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Native American Female Vet · 12 replies · 241+ views
    AP ^ | 6/7/02 | John Heilprin
    <p>WASHINGTON Three days before the scheduled release of a study linking non-road diesel engines to 8,500 premature deaths a year, the Bush administration said Friday that curbing such pollution should be a top environmental priority and suggested voluntary reductions.</p> <p>The study concludes emissions from engines used in diesel-powered vehicles and equipment such as bulldozers, portable generators and tractors should be toughly regulated because of their role in the premature deaths and an estimated $67 billion in health care costs annually. The health costs result from problems such as asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis and emergency room visits.</p>
  • The Worst Job In America

    04/01/2002 2:49:05 AM PST · by pt17 · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Fortune ^ | Monday, April 1, 2002 | Mark Roberti
    Norman Lorentz might just have one of the worst jobs imaginable. Named the first chief technology officer of the Office of Management and Budget last fall, he oversees the federal government's $45 billion information technology budget and coordinates 24 e-government initiatives that span all agencies. His mandate? To make the federal government fast, efficient, and responsive--in short, everything it's not. The fix, Lorentz believes, is that government needs to be run more like a private company. (Yes, he is a Bush acolyte who refers to citizens as "consumers" and government services as "lines of business.") First on his agenda is...