Horn introduces bill to split OMB's duties

Horn introduces bill to split OMB's duties

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

Feb. 15—Stating that management within the Office of Management and Budget is a myth, Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday to split the agency's duties.

'Congress must create a corps of management experts who not only have the ability and skill to address wasteful administration and program failures, but who also have the power and mandate to force action and produce results,' Horn said.

The measure would split the management and budget functions of OMB into two distinct offices, each having a director reporting to the president. Within the Office of Management created by the bill, staffers would be responsible for individual management practices at federal agencies, in addition to governmentwide issues.

As an example of the need to separate management and financial responsibilities within OMB, Horn pointed to last year's General Accounting Office reports that indicated a failure at nearly every agency to meet financial management accounting goals. Agencies marked millions off their books to balance with Treasury Department records, Horn told legislators.

The only chance to improve management within the government lies in separating management functions from the budgetary duties that have choked them since OMB was created in 1970, Horn said.

Horn's office did not immediately know how the bill would affect the president's stated plan of creating a governmentwide chief information officer within OMB.

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