Management deputy back on list

Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell Daniels Jr. said Jan. 24 that one of his top priorities in the coming months is finding a deputy director for management — a post that has been vacant for more than a year.

Daniels said failing to fill that post has been "one of our shortcomings in the first year."

Part of the reason it did not get filled was that the requirements were so high — the people qualified for the post were not willing to take the kind of cut in salary that would be required, Daniels said.

But now, with the President's Management Agenda largely established, the post has evolved. "We need an implementer now," Daniels said.

The OMB deputy director for management position has been empty since Sally Katzen left the post at the close of the Clinton administration more than a year ago.

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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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