OMB management chief welcomes Democratic oversight

Clay Johnson of OMB, our speaker for the 2007 Excellence.Gov Awards, is in the new with a report at GovExec regarding his welcoming the new Democratic Congressional oversight:

Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said last week that he has met with the chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees. Both sides agreed there are flaws that need to be addressed, he said.

He said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D‑Conn., the chairman of the Senate committee, wanted to know how he could assist OMB.

“[He] told us … ‘Let me know what I can do. If you have any stumbling blocks or obstacles out there, let me know what I can do to keep these things moving forward,’ ” Johnson said.

Johnson cited a need to establish priorities and hold people accountable for following through.

“I think the key is for us to identify what we want to do with regard to better service, faster service or better information or whatever, and define how we need to go get there; and then seeing that they’re held accountable for doing it … not just talk about it,” Johnson said.