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Suggested Questions for Peter Orszag

By Ed O'Keefe

Barack Obama's nominee to head up the Office of Management and Budget, sounded an ominous warning yesterday during the first part of his two days of Senate confirmation hearings.

Peter Orszag

Peter Orszag told the Senate Budget Committee that the nation likely will have large budget deficits for the next decade, topping $1 trillion.

Today Orszag addresses the management side of OMB, when he meets with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The GAO's list of recommended questions and challenges suggests the new OMB director will be busy.

Among other things, the next director needs to protect federal facilities, ensure that government agencies protect privacy, manage the government's information technology and work on fixing problems at "high risk" agencies and departments.

See some selected questions from the GAO's report after the jump.

• Maintaining security over facilities and systems is a daunting challenge for all large organizations. Can you provide an example of how you successfully led efforts to address this or similar challenges in the past?

• Based on your experience, what are the most important issues that need to be considered in determining how to strike an appropriate balance between ensuring homeland security and protecting personal privacy?

• What has prepared you to help OMB exercise leadership in ensuring that government information collections maximize utility and minimize burden?

• OMB has led an initiative to prompt agencies to develop detailed action plans for each area on GAO’s high-risk list. Based on your past experience, what strategies could OMB use to ensure that agencies take appropriate actions to address these high-risk areas?

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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