Campaign Promises

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ItemIndependent Organizations
IO-65 The Promise: "...will thin the ranks of Washington middle managers, freeing up resources both for deficit reduction and for increasing the number of frontline workers."
When/Where: Obama and Biden's Plan for America: "Blueprint for Change," dated 10/09/08
Status:While the national budget deficit caused individual government organizations and agencies to cut spending by up to 10%, and such spending cuts meant job cuts, there was no direction from President Obama's White House that specifically ordered the thinning of middle manager ranks as promised.

One could argue that cuts in one area would simply shift the Washington-area middle managers from their current organizations to new organizations to fill positions mandated by health care reform, financial reform, and other spending projects that President Obama championed while he was in office.

Neither the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) nor the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are known to have a database specifically designed to report middle manager personnel strengths and fluctuations.

We have seen no specific proof that the ratio of middle managers to frontline workers in the Washington D.C. area was reduced during President Obama's two terms in office.

This promise was not fulfilled.