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OMB Watch founder leaving

By Ed O'Keefe

Among The Federal Eye's loyal readers are folks working in the think tank/"good government"/public policy world, so it's always news when one of its leaders move on.

To wit: Gary Bass, founder and executive director of the watchdog organization OMB Watch plans to step down next year.

The group is one of Washington's leading "good government" think tanks, focused on federal fiscal, regulatory and information policy -- issues of concern that pass through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Bass will leave the group he founded to run the Bauman Family Foundation, a grant-making group focused on citizen participation, environmental advocacy and transparency issues.

"There comes a time where as a founder you've got to move on to improve the thing that you love most," Bass said in a brief interview.

"I really don't think OMB Watch will miss a beat," he said. "We've been planning for this and we're in a pretty good position."

The group is using a head-hunting firm to help recruit a new leader and should pick one by early next year, Bass said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 27, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Public Service, Revolving Door  
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With Obama in charge, we don't need watchdogs anymore. Watchdogs are, in fact, racist.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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