Obama as a Manager

President Obama has issued a slew of management memos and executive orders aimed at making government more efficient. This report looks at our coverage of those directives and the president’s evolving leadership style.
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OMB defends its progress weeding out federal websites

July 2, 2012 Sen. Tom Coburn releases CRS analysis of the White House’s Campaign to Cut Waste.

Procurement chief seeks sharing of contract pricing data, star recruits

June 28, 2012 Fostering better contractor-fed relationships is another priority.

Obama reorganization plan alive but not necessarily well

June 18, 2012 Senate action possible this summer, but GOP House may be less enthused.

 Controller Danny Werfel

OMB touts progress on reducing federal property footprint

May 31, 2012 Controller Danny Werfel cites $5.6 billion in savings.

OMB instructs agencies to further cut travel and conferences

May 11, 2012 Jeffrey Zients' memo also demands improvements in vehicle fleet and real estate management.

White House reinforces bid to kill unnecessary regulations

May 10, 2012 New rules may save $6 billion; economics council pursues retrospective analysis.

OMB touts $17.6 billion in savings from Campaign to Cut Waste

November 15, 2011 The reduction in the governmentwide payment error rate puts the administration on track to prevent $50 billion in improper payements by 2012.


Obama announces new efficiencies, SAVE award finalists

November 9, 2011 Executive order trims spending on agency travel, personal technology and promotional items.

Performance.gov goes live after lengthy preparations

August 25, 2011 OMB’s new central database allows public to track spending, cost-cutting and progress in hiring.