OMB: A Small Agency With Big Muscles To Help President-Elect Trump Succeed

01/03/2017 12:21 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2018

This was originally published in The Hill.

President-elect Donald Trump's decision to name conservative budget hawk Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to be director of the Office of Management and Budget is a signal that the new administration will emphasize lower government spending even amid plans for sizable tax cuts and a major infrastructure program.

This ambitious agenda no doubt will consume the lion's share of the new director's time. But as he helps craft a new budget and grapples with fiscal policy, Mulvaney and the new president should embrace the other critical roles played by OMB that could have a huge impact on the operations and management of the government - and whether the administration's policies are implemented successfully.

OMB is a small agency -fewer than 500 employees- but its reach spans across the federal landscape. It is the only entity at the "center of government" positioned to drive innovation, collaboration, efficiency and the use of data throughout the federal enterprise.

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