OMB appoints new chairman for e-gov subcommittee

The Office of Management and Budget yesterday appointed the undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness as chairman of the President's Management Council Subcommittee on E-Government.

David S.C. Chu will replace Steven Law, former deputy secretary at the Labor Department. Law left his post in mid-January.

As chairman of the e-government subcommittee, Chu will oversee a council of deputy secretaries, senior agency leaders and CIOs that deals with funding, disputes and planning for the e-government program. Chu's challenges as the new committee leader will be to continue to shepherd the Lines of Business Consolidation initiatives forward, particularly in the newest areas of IT infrastructure, budget formulation and geospatial data management. He also will play a role in helping agencies explain the importance of e-government to the Hill.

Chu has served as the undersecretary of Defense since June 2001. In this position, he has been the Defense secretary's senior policy advisor on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for active duty military personnel, National Guard and Reserve personnel and DOD civilians.

"David has strengthened management practices and helped the Department of Defense better utilize their IT resources,' said Clay Johnson, OMB's deputy director for management. 'David's commitment to results will make him an effective leader within the Management Council and help drive better performance for e-government across the federal government.'

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