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FCW : July 30, 2013
July 30, 2013 FCW.COM 21 he added, "there is still work to do to make [OMB's] Performance.gov web- site more user-friendly." In its review of OMB's progress, the Government Accountability Of ce issued recommendations for enhanced implementation of the new law, including steps for the OMB direc- tor to "clarify the ways that intended audiences could use the information" on its website. Revealing the 'black art' of budgeting Warner's unof cial status as the Sen- ate's guru on government management was formalized by the Budget Commit- tee's creation in 2009 of a bipartisan Performance Task Force, which War- ner has chaired ever since. The group's initial goal, he said, was to provide oversight and encourage agencies to be more ef cient, especially "if they are asking for more revenues." Warner's allies add, with some humor, that it might have also been a way for senior Democrats to keep the rambunctious newcomer busy. Another recent step in Warner's broad plan to improve government performance has been a revision of the proposed Digital Accountabil- ity and Transparency Act, which he reintroduced with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Sponsors view the measure, which they hope to enact this year, as a companion to the 2010 law because it would improve management of pro- gram spending and institute uniform standards for data reporting. "There is a black art around budget- ing," Warner said. "Budget experts try to keep it oblique" with dozens of sepa- rate nancial systems. By establishing a single approach for all agencies, the bill would make it easier to monitor where the money is going. "Washington should be doing all it can to track how taxpayer dollars are spent," said Portman, who was OMB director from 2006 to 2007. Warner said those improved ef cien- cies in spending and program manage- ment would help him achieve his para- mount objective of a "more rational budget," which includes reducing the de cit. Accordingly, in 2011, he took on the high-pro le job of organizing and lead- ing the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Six, which sought to develop multi-year s- cal plans that incorporated additional revenues and sizable cuts to entitle- ment spending. Unfortunately, the ZAID HAMID
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