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Senate creates new government performance panel

By Ed O'Keefe

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will chair a new Senate Budget Committee task force on government performance, established to help lawmakers assess the viability of the government's performance management systems. The new working group springs to life as the Office of Management and Budget continues a government-wide performance management overhaul.

“We have put together a terrific bipartisan group of senators to take on the difficult challenge of making our government agencies and programs perform better through better measurements, enhanced transparency and greater accountability," Warner said in a statement issued by the Budget Committee.

The task force will include a bipartisan cast of Budget Committee members: Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-S.D.) and ranking Republican Judd Gregg (N.H.).

Warner, the former governor of Virginia, earned national recognition for his management of the Old Dominion's government and frequently touted the distinction during his Senate campaign. The inclusion of Warner and Cardin is consistent with a continuing House and Senate practice of including Beltway-area lawmakers on committees with oversight of government operations.

The task force will hold its first hearing next Thursday to discuss ways to improve federal program evaluation and performance initiatives and how to ensure that such information more effectively finds its way to members of Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
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It's a laudable goal - but does anyone seriously believe we can hold government employees accountable for their actions when we are willing to "pay for pulse."

Posted by: doubtingthomasovich | October 22, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@ doubtingthomasovich...

Certainly you don't mean that we should hold govt employees accountable... but we over-looked thousands of mis-management, sheer mistakes, violations, law-breaking issues by appointees, upper mgmt and GOP brats for the past 8+ yrs? The accountability issue needs to be resolved. If someone broke the law... there is no resigning to get out of it or cover it up... prosecute without question...

Posted by: darbyohara | October 23, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

We The People will be having a performance review of politician come 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: richardc2 | October 23, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

What is going to happen to GAO? Is this new agency an extension of GAO?

Posted by: doctormiguel | October 25, 2009 5:37 AM | Report abuse

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