Peter Orszag on Blogging

Peter Orszag on Blogging


>>I’M PETER ORSZAG. I RUN THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. WE’RE GOING TO BE SETTING UP A BLOG AT OMB, AT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. BUDGET DOCUMENTS AND A LOT OF THE REST OF WHAT OMB DOES CAN OFTEN BE VERY CONFUSING OR COMPLICATED, AND I HAVE FOUND THAT A BLOG IS A GREAT WAY OF COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE CLEARLY, PROVIDING IN A CLEAR SUMMARY OF WHAT IT IS THAT WE’RE DOING THAT DAY OR A DOCUMENT THAT WE’RE RELEASING AND ALSO CLARIFYING MISCONCEPTIONS OR CONFUSION THAT CAN SOMETIMES ARISE IN BUDGET AND THE REST OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT. ONE OF THE THINGS I DO EVERY MORNING IS I HAVE A BLOG READER ON MY COMPUTER, AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I CHECK IN THE MORNING IS I GO THROUGH 30 OR 40 BLOGS THAT ARE FED INTO THAT READER JUST TO MONITOR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING, AND I HAVE BLOGGED BEFORE. WHEN I WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, I HAD A BLOG THAT TURNED OUT TO BE MORE POPULAR THAN I HAD IMAGINED WHEN WE FIRST CONSIDERED SETTING IT UP. WELL, I FIND READING BLOGS VERY USEFUL, ESPECIALLY IN MY CURRENT JOB. THERE IS OFTEN A TENDENCY FOR SILOING OR TO ALMOST LIVE IN A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH OF AN INFORMATION BUBBLE INSIDE JOBS LIKE MINE, AND ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT READING BLOGS IS YOU’RE EXPOSED TO NEW ARGUMENTS, NEW FACTS, NEW PERSPECTIVES, AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT I USE MY TIME READING BLOGS FOR. WELL, MY BLOG WILL DO SEVERAL THINGS. FIRST, FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE RECEIVING THEIR INFORMATION IN BLOG FORMAT OR THROUGH A BLOG READER, IT PROVIDES A VERY EASY WAY OF ACCESSING WHAT OMB IS DOING. SECONDLY, WE WILL BE PUTTING OUT THROUGH THE BLOG EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT OMB IS DOING, SO IT IS SORT OF A SUMMARY SHEET ON A NEW DOCUMENT OR TESTIMONY OR WHAT HAVE YOU, AN EASY WAY OF GETTING THE KEY INFORMATION FROM WHAT MIGHT BE MUCH LONGER DOCUMENTS BEHIND EACH DAY. AND THEN FINALLY, IT’S NOT UNCOMMON THAT GIVEN THE COMPLEXITY OF BUDGET AND ECONOMIC POLICY AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT LOTS OF ISSUES ARISE OVER WHICH THERE IS CONFUSION OR MISUNDERSTANDING, AND WE WILL BE USING THE BLOG TO TRY TO CORRECT MISIMPRESSIONS OR ADDRESS ANY CONFUSION THAT OCCASIONALLY ARISES AND CLARIFY MATTERS. AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE BLOG THROUGH OUR WEB SITE OMB.GOV

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