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Biden, Manchin at odds over revival of Pentagon cost-cutting office

September 5, 2023

Bryant Harris

Federal Times

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House after U.S. President Joe Biden signed The Inflation Reduction Act August 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


By Bryant Harris, Federal Times / September 5, 2023

The White House and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are at odds over a bid to revive the Pentagon’s short-lived chief management officer, or CMO, a position that ranked No. 3 in the Defense Department until Congress abolished it three years ago.

A July White House statement on the fiscal 2024 defense policy bill said the Biden administration “strongly opposes” Manchin’s provision in the legislation to resurrect the office, arguing that it would “structurally result in the same outcomes” as before.

Manchin argues his effort to revive the office is key to reforming Defense Department business practices needed to save taxpayers money, while acknowledging that some tweaks may be needed for CMO 2.0.

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