Around the Agencies: Fresh Initiatives, Fresh Blogging
- OMB Director Peter Orszag debunks the attack that the President’s budget represents "the biggest increase ever" in domestic spending.
- The State Department supports the UN Statement on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity." The President also joined Secretary Clinton in announcing the appointment of Major General J. Scott Gration as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan.
- Transportation Secretary LaHood blogs about his new partnership with Secretary Donovan in HUD on livable communities: "In Secretary Donovan, I have a great partner who gets the relationship between housing and transportation. In his Hill appearance with me today, he captured the need for joint action perfectly: ‘HUD’s central mission – ensuring that every American has access to decent, affordable housing – can be achieved only in context of the housing, transportation, and energy costs and choices that American families experience each day.’"
- The United States Senate today overwhelmingly approved (pdf) the nomination of USTR designee Ron Kirk as the nation’s 16th trade representative. The vote was 92-5.
- The Labor Department issued guidance to states on the $3,514,500,000 in Recovery Act funding for the nation’s workforce system and network of One-Stop Career Centers. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis: "Through the One-Stops, the workforce system will play a vital role in America's economic recovery by assisting workers who are facing unprecedented challenges to retool their skills and re-establish themselves in viable career paths."
- Kudos to the White House Counsel’s office for helping to uphold the President’s Executive Order on Ethics, whole-heartedly commended today (pdf) by several good government groups.