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."