OMB Defends its Progress Weeding Out Federal Websites

July 2, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget is rebutting a charge from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that the Obama administration has fallen short on its promises to eliminate obsolete agency websites as part of its Campaign to Cut Waste.

On June 7, Coburn asked the Congressional Research Service to examine the administration's progress on the anti-waste campaign launched with some fanfare in June 2011 by Vice President Joe Biden. The plan, built on an executive order from President Obama, set up a new Government Accountability and Transparency Board and promised regular Cabinet-level attention to press for such cost-cutting moves as selling excess properties, using data to combat fraud and taking down outmoded agency websites.

CRS replied to Coburn on June 12 in a letter with the author's name and title redacted, summarizing OMB's general actions following up on the Campaign to Cut Waste, but cautioning that the analysis was done in a short time period and relied on publicly available online material. It noted that its researchers do not have access to the "Max" intranet system that executive branch employees use. 

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