When you’re going to spend $700 billion, you may want to make sure you know what you’re doing. This is why the White House has appointed capable staff to run the Office of Management and Budget. From their first memorandum:
“As you know, the President and Congress are working together on an economic recovery
package that will serve as an essential step in fighting off the most serious economic crisis since
the Great Depression. Although the details of the bill are not yet final, the President and
Congress are committed to spending recovery dollars with an unprecedented level of
transparency and accountability so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how
they are being spent.
Meeting these commitments will require sustained focus by managers throughout the
Federal government, particularly in planning, awarding, managing, and overseeing contracts and
grants. Departments and agencies should immediately begin developing plans for allocating
workforce resources to meet recovery-related responsibilities and for mitigating potential
Now, guess who they picked:
So, what did this guy do before that?
“Director, Competition Policy Associates, Inc. (Washington, DC); May 2003â€“January 2007;
Senior Director, Sebago Associates, Inc. (Washington, DC), March 2002â€“January 2007;
President, August 1998â€“February 2002. Clients included the World Bank, Nordic Council of
Ministers, Governor of California, Central Bank of Iceland, Government of Trinidad and
Tobago, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and businesses ranging from small
companies to the Fortune 500 corporations.”
You can’t make this up, can you…?