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  • The New Chief in the Pentagon: Performance
    Posted by Michael Bruno 12:57 PM on Jan 07, 2009

    There's a new chief coming to the Pentagon, and it's probably not what you expected. President-elect Barack Obama today is expected to announce a "chief performance officer" who will help his White House scrub the federal budget.

    Whether this is a gimmick or something more substantial than the GAO, CBO and all the Washington watchdogs combined remains to be seen. But one thing can be said for certain: the heat is rising on federal programs to prove their merit. The Defense Department's budget, as the largest discretionary slice of the federal pie, is already the subject of a library's worth of reports explaining how $50 billion could be found supposedly overnight.

    Now folks at the Pentagon may come to see a new sheriff walking the halls. Let's see if he or she brings some fiscal "law and order."

    Tags: ar99, performance, Pentagon, budget

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