Finalists getting look for OMB post

Office of Management and Budget

The Bush administration is within weeks of naming a deputy director of management for the Office of Management and Budget, the OMB director said Friday.

"I have specific requirements and expectations for that individual, and I will take the time necessary to find the right person," OMB director Mitchell Daniels Jr. said. "I want someone with broad management experience in running an organization, someone who can deliver the president's management agenda."

Daniels said that a few finalists were under consideration and that he wants "somebody that makes people sit up and take notice."

This position is the nation's chief financial officer, chief information officer and chief operating officer to some degree, he said.

"Six different people in the last eight years have had this job," he said. "I'm afraid that's a recognition that it was not elevated to the extent it could have been."

While many of the other senior OMB posts have been filled, the lack of a deputy director of management has left some agency officials concerned. The deputy director of management sits as the head of the CIO Council, the Chief Financial Officers Council and the President's Management Council.

Dorobek is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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