Thursday, February 23, 2012
Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of February 24, 2012.


Dan Chenok


John Kamensky

  • Will the new Trade and Export Agency be Virtual?  Last week, President Obama released a memo that takes the next step in his effort to reorganize the government’s trade and export functions.  The memo, according to an OMB blog post, gives greater authority to a cross-agency cabinet council to coordinate efforts and puts Assistant to the President Michael Froman, in charge.  The memo also announced a new “Business.USA.Gov” website that serves as a “no wrong door” for businesses to access government services for trade and exports.  WFED Radio’s Jack Moore also notes that President Obama formally has asked Congress for authority to reorganize trade and export agencies.
  • OMB Refreshes Website.  A long-awaited, and long-promised refresh of the federal government’s one-stop portal for draft federal regulations is finally open for business, and according to Government Executive magazine’s Charles Clark, it has received plaudits for the redesign.  According to Cass Sunstein, OMB’s administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the new website will allow web developers to create APIs using its data, making it available on mobile devices and for other applications.
  • Closing Doors.  The Obama FY 2013 budget has led to a number of agencies announcing field office closures.  Commerce announced it will close 5 regional offices.  Agriculture leads the hit list, with 260 offices to close or consolidate.  Labor says it will close over a dozen, and Census will close 6 of its 12 field offices.  The Department of Justice announced it will close its National Drug Intelligence Center. . . . Of course, the Post Office says it wants to close about 10 percent of its post offices around the country – a total of 3,653 – but it is being held up in its cost-cutting drive by both citizens and Congress.

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