House Committee Heaps Praise on Devaney and Recovery Board

June 16, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | 1 comment

It was a packed room and an absolute gush-fest for the work of Earl Devaney and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board that he chairs at the full hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that I attended on Tuesday.  Don’t get me wrong — I think that Devaney and the RATB deserve every bit of praise that they received — it was simply refreshing to hear all of the goodwill and gratitude that was expressed for Devaney and his leadership of the Board’s accomplishments since its creation in 2009.  To a person and across parties, the committee members were clearly impressed by the outcomes of the RATB’s efforts, and were openly exploring how its insights and lessons learned could be applied and its activities continued and expanded.

When Monday’s Executive Order about the administration’s new “Campaign to Cut Waste” came out the same day that Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif. (chairman of the House OGR Committee that held Tuesday’s hearing), proposed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, I wondered whether the Executive Order would take the wind out of Issa’s sails.  But given the congeniality of Tuesday’s hearing, I suspect that we may be in for some major developments if these related initiatives decide to join forces, as they seem interested in doing.  Of course, sooner or later they will have to contend with the issues of resources and other potential impacts on recipients, subrecipients, and oversight agencies (which Jerry raised some great questions about in yesterday’s post).

A couple of other things worth sharing…

One of the streamlining proposals in the Executive Order about the Campaign to Cut Waste includes a clampdown on federal websites.  A recent post on the White House blog entitled “” highlights the administration’s move to halt the creation of new websites and work with federal agencies to cut the number of existing websites (currently somewhere around 2,000) by half over the next few months.

Also, today is the second anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between the Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.  Some of the coordinated grant-funded initiatives to emerge from that partnership are highlighted today in a post on HUD’s blog, “The HUDdle,” which was co-authored by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.


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