Keep an eye on the website of the 30-year-old nonprofit OMB Watch. As of the New Year, the foundation-funded policy research group has a new name: The Center for Effective Government.
The idea, according to spokesman Brian Gumm, is to communicate the staff’s broader focus beyond the Office of Management and Budget. In recent years that has included producing papers and commentary on such issues as government transparency, agency performance, and health and safety.
OMB Watch’s founder, Gary Bass, now executive director of the Bauman Foundation, approves of the change. “They spent a year trying to find the right name that reflects the approach that new president Katherine McFate hopes to convey,” he said
When Bass founded the group in 1983, its legal name was the Focus Project Inc. But reporters, he recalled, kept calling it OMB Watch, which stuck.