Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, is departing the agency in March. She leaves behind a legacy of prioritizing IT modernization and finding efficiencies across the executive branch. She told Government Matters in an that OMB has made tremendous strides during her tenure.
“Every one of the IT organizations that have gone through the process, including those who didn’t get award money, have been improved by going through the process; better governance, more incremental funding that is more agile,” Weichert said. “On the people front, we have asked questions that can’t be unasked. We changed where background investigations are done. In the process, we used a measured toll gate process to do that transition so we have delivered the change on time, on budget.”
One of the biggest stories of Weichert’s time at OMB was the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration. She told Government Matters that the rollout of the idea could’ve gone a lot smoother.
“Honestly, the number one thing I would’ve done differently is not use the placeholder name, the Government Services Agency. The fact that it had the same initials led people to conclude something,” Weichert said. “A number of states across the country have the Department of Administration, the Central Management Agency, they have other monikers. I was trying to be fiscally prudent and save some naming costs, but I think we would’ve benefited from a different name.”