The Center for Effective Government, formerly OMB Watch, was a liberal
think tank and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. It was
focused on government transparency. Founded in 1983, the organization
ceased operations in 2016, folding its work into the Project On
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OMB Watch was formed by
Gary Bass in 1983 in an effort to increase
transparency surrounding the
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
OMB Watch changed its name to the
Center for Effective Government in
January 2013. In March 2016, the organization closed its doors,
folding its work into the Project On Government Oversight.
Center for Effective Government concentrated on four main areas:
the role of government; information and access; budget, taxation and
government performance; and regulatory policy. The organization's
goal was to improve access to decision-makers and energize citizen
Charity Navigator rated Center for Effective Government
with four stars out of four possible for financial performance,
accountability and transparency.
The Center's reports were used by media outlets, such as Politico,
when it quoted CEG's second annual performance analysis of the 15
government agencies' processing the most Freedom of Information Act
(United States) requests and NGO's like Immigration Impact and
in complaints or lawsuits, such as Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and
Comments by staff were included in newspapers such as the Fiscal
CEG gave testimony, submitted comments, statements and questions for
the record, to Congress and other governmental bodies.
^ Hess, Hannah (March 14, 2016). "
Think tank focused on government
transparency is closing". Environment & Energy News. Retrieved 14
Center for Effective Government Closes Doors". Philanthropy News
Digest. March 21, 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
Center for Effective Government - About Us
Charity Navigator Rating - Center for Effective Government
^ Josh Gerstein Group gives State Department 'F' on FOIA processing 10
^ a b Wendy Feliz Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA
Requests Immigration Impact, 16 March 2015
^ David Dayen How the Government Is Rolling Over for Big Banks Again.
The Fiscal Times, 28 August 2015
^ Chris Isidore Uncle Sam's outsourcing tab: $517 billion CNNMoney 10
^ Testimony Archived March 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
2004-2015, Center for Effective Government, retrieved 21 March 2016
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