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  • Trump considering Goldman Sachs president for top budget post

    11/30/2016 2:25:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/30/2016 | Ben White and Jake Sherman
    President-elect Donald Trump is considering Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for a senior administration job, possibly as director of the Office of Management and Budget, several sources close to the situation said on Wednesday. People familiar with the matter say Cohn's meeting with Trump on Tuesday included talks about a potential job in the new administration, possibly to run OMB, a sprawling office that will handle much of Trump's budget policy after he takes office in January. Cohn, who is friendly with Republicans and Democrats in Washington, is a longtime commodities trader who became Goldman's president and co-chief operating officer...
  • Obama goes around Congress, sets record for new rules in 2015

    12/30/2015 6:35:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration issued a record amount of heft in the federal rule book in 2015 as President Obama's team, carrying out his orders to work around Congress, pushed his expansive government agenda on environmental, labor and Wall Street policy. With one day to go, the administration added 81,611 pages to the Federal Register, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's count of the official record-keeping digest of federal agencies' rule-making. It's the highest total on record and the third time Mr. Obama has crossed the 80,000-page level during his presidency, the institute's Clyde Wayne Crews calculated. "This is the pen and...
  • Federal personnel chief: ‘I don’t believe anyone is personally responsible’ for Chinese hack

    06/23/2015 12:23:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2015 | Lisa Rein
    The federal personnel chief said Tuesday that she does not believe “anyone is personally responsible” for the massive hack of federal employee data and security clearance files and instead blamed the breach on old computer systems and the hackers themselves. “We have legacy systems that are very old,” Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, told Senate lawmakers at a hearing on the intrusion. “It’s an enterprise-wide problem. I don’t believe anyone is personally responsible.”
  • WH Rules: Violation in Terrorist Swap Punishable By Jail, Suspension, Removal of Office

    08/22/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 22, 2014
    The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules. The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirmed this week that the president broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped the high-level terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, an Army sergeant who went AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009. According to rules issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the violation is...
  • Did The IRS Lie To Senators?

    06/21/2014 11:44:00 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 32 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 06/20/14 | Bob Parks
    Only one problem: the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo August 24, 2012 reminding federal employees that President Obama signed a directive on November 18, 2011 that offered specific guidelines as to the handling of records (see memo page 3 below).

    10/16/2013 2:05:28 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 3 replies
    WATCHDOGWIRE – FLORIDA ^ | October 11, 2013 | Dr. Richard Swier
    Joseph J. Dioguardi is a former member of Congress from New York and Certified Public Accountant. Dioguardi in his book “Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn’t Add Up” lists the top twelve gimmicks Congress uses to hide the true costs of government from the people. These gimmicks have been used for decades by both Republican and Democrat administrations, Congresses under both parties and government agencies. The idea behind these gimmicks is to “[K]eep Americans in the dark (or – I should say – in the red!), writes, Dioguardi. Dioguardi calls this “plastic budgeting”. As David A. Stockman, former Director of the Office...
  • Obama pans GOP 'brinksmanship' to governors [Valerie Jarrett also on conference call to 25 govs]

    10/12/2013 4:27:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    Obama told 25 governors on a conference call that the shutdown "is hurting local economies." President Obama hit Congressional Republicans on Friday telling a bipartisan group of governors that the "brinksmanship strategy" of shutting down the government and threatening default is something "the country can't afford." Obama made the comments to 25 governors on a conference call aimed at discussing the effect of the federal shutdown on state budgets and the overall economy, according to a White House readout of the call....... Obama was joined on the call by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, NEC Director Gene Sperling, Deputy Office of...
  • Meet Sylvia Burwell, the woman who ordered the government shutdown

    10/06/2013 6:04:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/02/13 | Elizabeth Chuck
    A single person shut down the entire U.S. government for the first time in 17 years. Not a congressman, but an unelected woman named Sylvia Burwell who, as the relatively new director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent the email that initiated the process that has closed national parks, visitors’ centers and even the “panda-cam” at the National Zoo. "Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations," Burwell wrote in a memo to heads of executive departments and agencies Monday night as it became clear lawmakers had failed to agree on...
  • OMB: Obama Will Become First President to Spend $4T in One Year

    04/10/2013 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    OMB: Obama Will Become First President to Spend $4T in One Year April 10, 2013 In the historical tables it released along with President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal this morning, the White House Office of Management and Budget revealed that in fiscal 2016 it expects Obama to become the first president in the nation's history to preside over a federal government that spends more than $4 trillion in one year. The OMB's historical tables also reveal that the White House does not expect this administration to ever run an annual deficit as low as $458.5 billion, which was...
  • White House to furlough 480 staffers

    04/01/2013 12:01:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    White House to furlough 480 staffers By Amie Parnes - 04/01/13 02:44 PM ET The White House announced Monday that 480 staffers who work at the Office of Management and Budget have received furlough notices requiring that they take unpaid days off due to the sequester. White House press secretary Jay Carney made the announcement during a White House briefing on Monday, but he would not get into details about whether other members of the White House staff, including those who work closest to President Obama in the West Wing, received any notices. Carney told reporters that other notices could...
  • White House [OMB] Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists

    02/25/2013 11:16:23 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 22 replies ^ | February 25, 2013 | Mike Riggs
    If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered. In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, the OMB sent a detailed report to Congress in September 2012. But there's a small problem with the report: One of the cuts it warns against would affect an agency that no longer exists--and didn't exist when the OMB sent its report to congress. The first line item on page 121 of the OMB's September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose...
  • Federal Government Takes Christmas Eve Off

    12/21/2012 11:33:01 AM PST · by BruceS · 64 replies
    White House Press Release ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Barack Obama
    EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - CLOSING OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2012, the day before Christmas Day, except as provided in section 2 of this order. Sec. 2. The heads of executive branch departments and agencies...
  • Grassley, Ayotte want answers on OMB promise to cover defense layoff costs

    10/02/2012 2:09:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    Furious over the White House telling defense companies to ignore federal law requiring them to warn employees of possible layoffs from pending defense cuts, two key Republicans are demanding to know the legal rationale behind the guidance. Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire fired off a letter Monday night to Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, questioning the agency’s legal authority to make the promises, which they said could put taxpayers on the hook for “billions of dollars.” Mr. Zients‘ letter told private companies not only that they didn’t...

    08/01/2012 8:00:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    human events ^ | august 1, 2012 | Hope Hodge
    When the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget was called before the House Armed Services Committee to talk about sequestration Wednesday morning, he didn’t mince words in blaming Republicans for the looming budget cliff. “The root cause of the problem today is the refusal of Republicans to acknowledge that the top two percent of Americans have to pay their fair share,” an exasperated Jeffrey Zients said, after committee members pressed him to discuss the fiscal implications of sequestration and how it might be avoided.
  • Obama's Foursome

    01/25/2010 8:06:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 396+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.10 | The Prowler
    MEN OF HONOR Apparently, if you want to cheat on your wife or spurn the mother of your unborn child, cover up and easily settle your institution's criminal efforts to help Americans avoid paying their federal income taxes, or just avoid paying your own fair share, the place to be is on President Barack Obama's economic-recovery advisory board. Because that's where Robert Wolf, chief executive of UBS Group Americas, the U.S. arm of one of Switzerland's largest banks, UBS AG, sits, as do Charles E. Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation, Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management of...
  • Fed Audit Confirms Govt. Corruption In Solyndra Deal

    04/05/2012 1:20:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 5, 2012
    The “serious concerns” of U.S. Treasury officials involving a risky $535 million infusion for a fly by night solar panel firm were ignored as the deal was fast-tracked by the Obama Administration, according to a federal audit released this week. Bankrolled by Obama fundraiser George Kaiser, the now-defunct northern California company (Solyndra) got more than half a billion dollars from the U.S. government to promote green energy. Instead, it abruptly folded last fall, stiffing American taxpayers and laying off more than 1,000 workers. From the start, it was a controversial deal that was suspiciously rushed through for a politically-connected...
  • When Will Obama Issue Greenhouse-Gas Rules?

    03/21/2012 5:05:08 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 3/19/12 | Olga Belogolova
    Many Insiders contended that the White House, in weighing the political implications of issuing these rules, will “wait for a less turbulent political environment to move forward”—after the November election passes. “OMB is going to hold on to the [regulations] until after the election. No matter what the [regulations] say, they are going to send shock waves through the important Rust Belt states. To release [them] earlier would be a certain self-imposed wound,” one Insider said. Some Insiders maintained that Obama already handed a victory to his environmental base when he rejected a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline...
  • New Obama OMB director a Bain alum

    01/17/2012 4:33:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/17/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company. "I'm pleased to designate Jeff Zients to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Since day one, Jeff has demonstrated superb judgment and has provided sound advice on a whole host of issues," Obama said in a statement accompanying the announcement today.
  • Obama’s New OMB Director Folds Under Pressure In Senate Committee (video)

    01/14/2012 7:33:53 PM PST · by ak267 · 11 replies
    Breitbart TV and Big Gov't ^ | 1/14/2012 | Wynton Hall
    With less than a month to go before President Obama is required by law to submit a budget to Congress (February 6th), Mr. Obama’s decision today to make Jack Lew White House chief of staff leaves deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Heather Higginbottom to take Mr. Lew’s place as the director of OMB. As The Hill newspaper reports, Ms. Higginbottom has only served one month in her present role as deputy director of OMB and is considered a “controversial appointee” due to her thin, some would say “nonexistent”, budgetary resume. Prior to becoming deputy director...
  • Obama’s New OMB Director Folds Under Pressure In Senate Committee

    01/10/2012 10:05:56 AM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | 01-10-12 | Breitbart TV
    With less than a month to go before President Obama is required by law to submit a budget to Congress (February 6th), Mr. Obama’s decision today to make Jack Lew White House chief of staff leaves deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Heather Higginbottom to take Mr. Lew’s place as the director of OMB. As The Hill newspaper reports, Ms. Higginbottom has only served one month in her present role as deputy director of OMB and is considered a “controversial appointee” due to her thin–some would say “nonexistent”–budgetary resume. Prior to becoming deputy director of OMB,...
  • Judicial Watch Sues Obama Administration to Obtain Solyndra Records

    12/01/2011 9:52:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 1, 2011
    Washington, DC -- December 1, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced that it filed today separate lawsuits against the Obama Department of Energy and Office and Management and Budget to obtain records regarding the taxpayer funded government loan provided to the now bankrupt green energy company Solyndra. On September 5, 2011, Judicial Watch submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking the following information: Any and all records regarding, concerning or related to the issuance of loan guarantees to Solyndra LLC, Solyndra Inc., Solyndra Fab 2 LLC, and/or 360 Degree Solar...
  • ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA

    10/27/2011 8:28:43 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Robert Zubrin
    Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned. After 2013, America’s amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end. Furthermore, the plan from the Office of Management and...
  • OMB director: “We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with people earning a lot”

    09/19/2011 1:16:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/19/11 | Tina Korbe
    Jack Lew today couldn’t say how an additional tax on millionaires and billionaires will create jobs — and barely confirmed that he thinks such a tax will at least contribute to deficit reduction. The director of the Office of Management and Budget appeared this morning on Fox News’ “Happening Now” to defend the president’s just-announced proposals to trim the deficit — proposals that are a part of his overall jobs plan. Fox’s Jenna Lee asked Lew how the tax will reduce the nation’s high rate of unemployment. “Today’s plan puts into place a balanced, fair approach to doing the $4...
  • Net Neutrality Rules Clear Final Barrier, Head for Implementation

    09/16/2011 7:57:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-09-13 | [Staff]
    ...In fact, Section 706 calls for the expansion of broadband via deregulation, not further regulations. The Court of Appeals for D.C. even ruled that Net Neutrality cannot be justified under this particular section of the Telecommunications Act. As has been seen in The Netherlands, Net Neutrality is extremely detrimental to the telecommunications industry. The largest Dutch wireless company, KPN, has been forced to increase their prices by a significant percentage in order to recoup their financial losses as a result of the new, onerous regulations. In the current economic status, furthering the financial and regulatory burden on companies, and, consequently,...
  • WH Pressured OMB on Solyndra Decision

    09/13/2011 8:17:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/13/11 | Andrew Stiles
    The Washington Post uncovers more White House e-mails regarding the Solyndra loan scandal, and it’s not pretty: The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s new factory, newly obtained e-mails show… The August 2009 e-mails, released toThe Washington Post, show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB reviewers when they would be able to decide on the federal loan
  • Obama's OMB ignores document subpoena; Upton/Stearns House panel says Monday morning or else

    07/23/2011 10:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/23/11 | Mark Tapscott
    President Obama's senior appointees at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget took another step this week toward a potentially epic confrontation with Congress by ignoring a document subpoena issued by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The subpoena is for thousands of documents requested months ago by the committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations concerning OMB's evaluation of a Department of Energy economic stimulus program loan guarantee worth $535 million for Solyndra, Inc., which makes solar energy panels.
  • FCC sends net neutrality rules to White House

    07/02/2011 5:02:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Federal Communications Commission sent its semi-final draft of net neutrality rules to the White House for approval Thursday, bringing the controversial Internet rules one step closer to enforcement. The FCC sent its proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the OMB will gather data from internet service providers on their networks and performance before making recommendations on the rules. Full approval of the FCC’s proposal is still likely a few months away. Besides OMB review, the rules still must go through several other steps, including public comment period, before they become official. Net neutrality...
  • New Issa report goes after Obama administration’s energy agenda

    05/24/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2011 | Amanda Carey
    Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has found another target in the Obama administration’s policy agenda: energy. Late Monday, Issa released a scathing report accusing the White House of being complicit in driving up oil prices to push a move to alternative energy sources. Among other things, the report — “Rising Energy Costs: An Intentional Result of Government Action” — accused the administration of restricting access to domestic energy sources, hindering “fracking” technology and hampering the economic recovery by proposing new taxes on the energy industry.The report also says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinated...
  • Office of Management and Budget Employees to Push to Unionize

    05/14/2011 9:56:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 13, 2011 | Jake Tapper and Rick Klein
    As soon as today employees of the Office of Management and Budget will file a petition to unionize... Peter Winch, deputy director of field services and education for the American Federation of Government Employees confirmed to ABC News that his organization, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, has been meeting with employees of the OMB in the past few months ... Enough employees – more than 30% -- are interested for a union to be formed, he said. The union would be for mid- and lower-level employees. Winch said that while the employees generally like their work at OMB, even...
  • Federal Workers Union Sues White House Over Possible Government Shutdown

    04/05/2011 6:32:15 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/5/2011 | fox news
    With time running out for congressional leaders to reach a budget deal, the country's biggest federal workers union is taking the Obama administration to court for what it called a failure to explain how federal programs and services would be affected if there's a government shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees announced Tuesday that it filed a lawsuit in federal court last week seeking details on the shutdown plans of federal agencies. The union's national president, John Gage, said he filed the lawsuit after the White House Office of Management and Budget failed to respond to a Freedom of...
  • OMB prepares for open gov sites to go dark in May

    04/03/2011 7:08:41 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | March 31, 2011 - 2:46pm | Jason Miller
    Many of the Obama administration's top open government initiatives are set to be turned off by May 31. Government sources confirm that the Office of Management and Budget is planning to take seven websites dark in two months because of a lack of funding. One government official, who requested anonymity because they didn't get permission to discuss the topic, said funding will begin to run out on April 20 for public sites IT Dashboard, and The source said OMB also is planning on shutting down internal government sites, including, FedSpace and many of the efforts related the...
  • The Case against Mitch Daniels

    03/19/2011 3:53:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2011 | Zbigniew Mazurak
    Currently, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is being billed as a genuine conservative who can defeat Barack Obama, reform the federal government, and balance the budget. Yet a close examination of the governor's record and statements reveals that he is actually a strident liberal who cannot be taken seriously. It has frequently been said about Mitch Daniels that he "turned deficits into surpluses" as governor. The only problem with this claim is that it's not true. According to the CNBC/, which annually ranks states according to business climate, Indiana has a $1.4-billion budget deficit as of FY2011. That same CNBC/ list...
  • Obama OMB nominee forced to admit the obvious. Interest cost of what we borrow add to the debt.

    03/18/2011 8:05:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/18/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I feel a little bad for Heather Higginbottom in this clip — no, seriously, I do. The new nominee for Deputy Director of OMB went to the Senate yesterday for her confirmation hearing and ended up feeling the sting of Jeff Sessions’ expert cross-examination. Unfortunately for Higginbottom, she had to defend the indefensible, a series of statements about Barack Obama’s budget that were flat-out lies about its supposed fiscal responsibility. Sessions rips Obama, Tim Geithner, and OMB Director Jacob Lew and in the end gets her to concede that their claims on the budget were entirely wrong, if not deliberately...
  • Obama’s OMB nominee admits proposed 2012 budget does not pay down deficit

    03/17/2011 8:36:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/17/11 | Amanda Carey
    President Obama’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tried, but failed to defend the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 in a Senate Budget Committee hearing Thursday afternoon. Obama’s nominee, Heather Higginbottom, crumbled under questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking member of the committee, about the accuracy of statements the president and OMB Director Jacob Lew have made that the proposed budget will not add to the national debt.(Snip) Sessions goes on to ask Higginbottom if she knows the last three years of the president’s ten-year budget proposal all have rising
  • Now they tell us...

    01/21/2011 11:48:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 21, 201`1 | Steve McCann
    It appears that upon leaving the Obama White House one undergoes an epiphany somewhat akin to St. Paul on the road to Damascus.  This is particularly true for the economic team that the President chose.  Last fall at a luncheon announcing her leaving the chairmanship of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina Romer admitted that she and the council made serious errors in their assumptions, that the stimulus failed and taxes should be cut to stimulate economic growth.  However, during her tenure as Obama's chief economist, she faithfully toed the company line and was there to support the policies...
  • Reagan insider: 'GOP destroyed U.S. economy'

    08/11/2010 1:03:09 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 90 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | August 10 2010 | Paul Farrell
    "How my G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy." Yes, that is exactly what David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan's director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, "Four Deformations of the Apocalypse."
  • Cutting U.S. Deficit Now Risks Recovery, Orszag Says (NOT Satire)

    07/28/2010 10:38:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    White House budget chief Peter Orszag said on Wednesday it would be "foolish" to cut the U.S. deficit while economic growth was still frail, but it would be equally foolish not to significantly curb the deficit by 2015. Orszag told an audience at The Brookings Institution, a Washington think-tank, that failing to take real steps toward closing the record U.S. budget gap would do as much harm to the economy has choking off fiscal stimulus now. It was his last public speech before stepping down as head of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Friday. SNIP The...
  • Liberals air doubts over OMB pick (Jacob “Jack” Lew supports cuts to Social Security and Medicare?)

    07/24/2010 9:00:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Liberals air doubts over OMB pickBy Alexander Bolton - 07/23/10 06:00 AM ET Liberal Democrats are skeptical about President Obama’s decision to appoint a senior official from the Clinton administration to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). They suspect Jacob “Jack” Lew may share an affection for market-driven reforms they say were too popular among Clinton’s staff and that he would support cuts to Social Security and Medicare. “I’m concerned he doesn’t have an affinity for some of the entitlement programs that we think are critical,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva...
  • Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on the Council of Inspectors General...

    07/16/2010 12:44:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1+ views ^ | July 15, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 15, 2010 Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Evaluation of the IG's Operations in Afghanistan A joint team at NSC and OMB received a preliminary briefing today from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), which is a statutory body of IG’s. At the request of the NSC and in coordination with the Department of Defense and the Department...
  • White House Picks Peter Orszag's Replacement: Jacob Lew

    07/13/2010 9:31:27 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 12:15 pm | David Gura
    12:15 pm July 13, 2010 E-mail Share Print Comments (0) Recommend (1) FacebookStumble UponRedditTwitterYahoo! BuzzDiggWhat is this? Share by David Gura This afternoon, President Obama announced his choice to replace Peter Orszag as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Jacob Lew. Who is Lew?
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Fannie and Freddie: still bleeding your $$

    06/23/2010 3:14:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 22, 2010 | SCOTT GARRETT
    Contrary to what the Obama administration would have you believe, the biggest recipients of taxpayer funds during the financial crisis have not been Wall Street banks -- but the toxic twins, mortgage behemoths Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And the House and Senate are now finalizing legislation to reform the financial sector -- yet the bill will leave the biggest bailout recipients untouched. In fact, Fannie and Freddie are guaranteed to continue siphoning money from American taxpayers. That's right: The Democratic majority in Congress has made no attempt to reform these two entities, which have already cost us $145 billion....
  • Obama's New Stimulus Jobs Reporting MORE BOGUS Than "Jobs Created"

    01/11/2010 4:27:17 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 549+ views
    The Lid/ABC News ^ | 1/11/10 | The Lid
    Just when you thought that the Obama administration was as ridiculous as it could get with the fictitious "jobs created statistic, our change agent president thinks out of the box nay he burst through the box of "bogus" designations with his new way to report stimulus jobs, its called "Jobs Funded." The Obama administration has taken some heat and mockery for using the bogus non-economic term of jobs being “saved or created” by the $787 billion stimulus program. Guess what, "you aint seen nothing yet"`. As Woody Allen said in Bananas It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham...
  • Third-Rail Shocker (Social Security Going Bankrupt Sooner)

    01/08/2010 5:17:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 36 replies · 1,422+ views ^ | January 8, 2009 | Investor's business Daily staff
    Entitlements: While a massive health care entitlement is fashioned in secret, another one, Social Security, is running deficits decades earlier than expected. We've been kicking the can down the road. We're out of road. As Bernie Madoff found out, any Ponzi scheme depends on a continuous inflow of new cash and new customers or the ever-expanding pyramid will totter and collapse. Social Security, dependent as it was on new workers paying the expanding benefits of retirees, is about to, much sooner than expected. As Ed Morrissey over at reminds us, Peter Orszag, now director of the Office of Management...
  • Stimulus Money Went to Zip Codes THAT DON'T EXIST

    01/04/2010 10:49:07 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 751+ views
    The Lid/ ^ | 1/4/10 | The Lid
    To put it kindly there have been many issues with the execution of the stimulus bill passed by the progressive Democrats in Congress nine months ago without so much as peeking at what was in it. The latest issue is that (at least in New Mexico) money was spent in Zip Codes that do not exist.
  • Executive Order - Reducing Improper Payments and Eliminating Waste in Federal Programs

    11/25/2009 10:37:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 634+ views ^ | November 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 23, 2009 Executive Order-- Reducing Improper Payments and Eliminating Waste in Federal Programs EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in the interest of reducing payment errors and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in Federal programs, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. When the Federal Government makes payments to individuals and businesses...
  • OMB directs executive branch to cut ties to ACORN

    10/08/2009 10:51:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies · 1,438+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 8, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    While Congress wrestles with various ways to strip ACORN of any remaining federal funding, the White House has somewhat quietly begun to disconnect itself from the community-organizing group. OMB director Peter Orszag yesterday sent the following compliance memo to “all Executive Branch agencies” to meet the requirements of the continuing resolutions that Congress have already passed to keep the government funded in the absence of a budget. Orszag basically says to cut ACORN off immediately:
  • Bachmann to Obama: Cut ACORN funding

    09/22/2009 12:37:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies · 1,741+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 9/22/09 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    Keeping up her long-standing pressure on ACORN, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., sent a letter to President Obama Monday, demanding executive action to halt all federal funding for the embattled organization. In the letter, Bachmann also asked that Obama authorize a formal investigation through the Office of Management and Budget of ACORN and its affiliates. Referring to comments Obama made about the group on one of the Sunday talk shows, Bachmann wrote that it "was disappointing to hear that this issue hasn't made it to your radar screen ... The American people view ACORN's pattern of criminal activities as a serious...
  • Negative job growth for 2009-2010, says OMB

    08/30/2009 7:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 797+ views
    Hotair ^ | 8/30/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    I was thinking about Keith Hennessey’s post of Thursday on the implications of the OMB forecast on unemployment. The OMB forecast says that in the fourth quarter of 2010, the unemployment rate will be 9.7%. Inspired by Hennessey’s work, I decided to write a small spreadsheet. My goal: what does the forecast say about the number of jobs created? Here’s a screen cap of the spreadsheet: Let me explain each column. The source of this data is the Current Population Survey from BLS. Data projected is italicized. The two bold numbers for unemployment rates are the projections from the OMB...
  • Projected Budget Deficit Based on 'Make Believe' Economics

    08/26/2009 7:19:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies · 874+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 26, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Remember the shock generated when the Obama Office of Management and Budget recently announced that the projected 10 year deficit was increased from $7 trillion to $9 trillion? Guess what? That lastest projection is based on "make believe" economics. Although most media outlets have failed to report on it, stories from both Reuters and Forbes reveal that the true 10 year budget deficit will probably be...fasten your seatbelts...well over $11 trillion.To put yourself into the proper mood for their analysis of the OMB "make believe" deficit projection, it is best to listen to the "Make Believe" tune from Showboat (sorry,...