Federal Manager's Daily Report

Margaret Weichert, nominee for the deputy director for management at OMB, has said that if confirmed, her top priorities will be IT modernization; data, accountability and transparency; and having a federal workforce for the present times.

Weichert apparently will gain easy confirmation to the position, based on comments at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“In and of themselves, functions like IT, information security, human capital management, finance, accounting, performance management and procurement may not be inherently exciting, but these functions provide necessary and essential capabilities needed to support the work of government agencies. The management function at OMB is challenged to use a fact-based approach to balance financial stewardship and efficiency with effectiveness and transparency. Government agency missions vary widely, but all rely on management capabilities,” she said.

While short on governmental experience, she cited experience as an academic and in the private sector in using practices including Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, Agile development, business process automation and user-centered design and said she hopes to “bring this spirit of innovation, combined with private sector practices, to drive greater efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in federal management functions.”