Managing the Presidency
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Everyone has to start from somewhere. Before he was Secretary of the Treasury, president of International Paper, CEO of Alcoa and chairman of the RAND Corporation, Paul O’Neill was a career civil servant in the Bureau of the Budget. He was thirty-five when he became an assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He and his colleagues — many of them as young as he was — became responsible for independently assessing the performance of the executive branch, including cabinet agencies.
The restructuring of the 1921 Bureau of the Budget into OMB in 1970 not only allowed OMB to produce the annual budget, but also positioned it to evaluate and measure the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and spending; and introduced modern practices of management and accountability. Even today, OMB enables presidents to better influence and direct the executive branch.
Now, four decades later, O’Neill and three others who participated in the creation of OMB will meet at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business to discuss the Nixon administration’s motivation and the ongoing impact of that restructuring on both the public and private sectors.
Their presentation and panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, in Gerri C. LeBow Hall on the Drexel campus. The program is co-presented by the Richard Nixon Foundation and LeBow College’s Institute for Strategic Leadership.
All four panelists joined the federal government during the Johnson administration and were career civil servants in the Bureau of the Budget when OMB was created. In addition to O’Neill, they are:
- Ed Harper, who returned as deputy director of OMB in the Reagan administration and later served as chief financial officer of several Fortune 500 companies, including Campbell Soup Company.
- Richard P. Nathan, who was one of OMB’s first assistant directors and later Nixon’s deputy undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
- Andy Rouse, who staffed both the Ash Council and the Domestic Council, and later became an executive vice president responsible for strategic development at both INA and CIGNA corporations.
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Richard Nixon Foundation
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