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President Obama promotes government reorganization in 2015 budget

Mar. 4, 2014 - 04:21PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Beth F. Cobert testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about her nomination to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. (Mike Morones/Staff) (Mike Morones)

The administration laid out a broad plan to revamp agency operations and promote efficiency efforts in its 2015 budget request.

The request includes a previous proposal to grant the president the authority to reorganize and consolidate agencies via fast-track legislation. If given the authority President Obama would consolidate a number of jobs and economic growth programs into a new agency.

“By bringing together the core tools to expand trade and investment, grow small businesses, and support innovation, this reorganization would help American businesses compete in the global economy, expand exports, and create more jobs at home,” budget documents said.

Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration’s management agenda is “ambitious and cross-cutting.”

“In some areas we have already seen progress and we will continue to launch new initiatives,” Cobert said.

She said the administration will ensure progress by including performance goals in agency strategic plans and priorities and in government wide efforts.

Other management goals include:

Continuing to reduce improper payments — which have fallen to less than 4 percent in fiscal 2013.

The creation of a civilian BRAC process for underutilized federal property. The administration is proposing $57 million to help consolidate or sell off federal properties in groups.

Using executive councils to establish cost and quality benchmarks in HR, finance, acquisition, IT and real property issues.

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