Mike Griffin throws shade at White House budget office

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Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin made clear Thursday he’s still no fan of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

During a House Science Committee hearing on the Space Leadership Preservation Act, a long-shot piece of legislation that would create a board of directors for NASA who would nominate future administrators for 10-year terms, Griffin was asked by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) for his take on a provision that would let the board develop its own budget proposal and submit it directly to Congress.

Griffin: “Anything that can be done to ameliorate and control the influence of the OMB on the [budget] process would be welcome. The OMB is a haven for largely unelected, unappointed, not very well qualified staff who seek to exercise a level of power and control in their area that their accomplishments have not earned.”

Beyer: “You’re not doing anything to help OMB morale right now,” said Beyer.

Griffin: “You know, that’s really too bad.”


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