The federal government is getting more and more invested in evaluating its programs. But will that fix what ails it?
On the one hand, doing budget math is just solving arithmetic problems. On the other hand, the arithmetic problems were designed by a sadistic madman.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell is Obama's pick to lead the Office on Management and Budget. Here's what her deal is.
So far we've been guesstimating what the size of cuts for each budget account would be. Now, the OMB has the final numbers.
"I asked, 'Do you do anything with the buoys?' And they said, 'Twice a year we send somebody to scrape off the bird poop.' So I said, 'Scrape five percent less poop.'"