DDM nominee clears Senate committee

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the nomination of McKinsey executive Beth Cobert for the post of deputy director for management in the Office of Management and Budget.

She was approved by voice vote Oct. 7.

The next step is confirmation by the full Senate.  Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said there would be no votes on executive branch nominees until the partial government shutdown is over, although senators confirmed two district court nominees Oct. 7.

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel is acting DDM. The job has been without a Senate-confirmed occupant since Jeffrey Zients was tapped to be acting director of OMB in 2012.

The DDM is central to the day-to-day operation of the federal government, with oversight of financial management, procurement, IT, regulators and activities of inspectors general. "There's not an activity that doesn't fall under the DDM," former OMB senior advisor Jonathan Bruel told FCW for an Aug. 2013 article on the post.

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Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

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