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Budget by Blog: Orszag Wonks Out on Spending Cuts

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 7 2009

It's just not everyday that you get a formal statement from the White House pointing you to a blog post. Well, perhaps it's the new normal, but it still can come across as a bit odd. A White House press shop statement this morning on the release of the President's FY 2010 budget includes a link to a blog post on OMB director Peter Orszag's blog (affectionately known around here as the "OrszBlog"). On the blog, Orszag details a handful of the programs listed in the budget supplemental volume Terminations, Reductions, and Savings. Ever the detail-driven wonk, Orszag blogs the metrics behind the programs' downfalls. Going under the cost-cutting knife, for example, is the Even Start program. "The most recent evaluation found no difference between families in the program," blogged Orszag, "and those not in it across 38 of 41 outcomes." What, no link to the underlying data? That would be pretty cool.

And if you happen to think Orszag's post is just awesome as it is, Orszag provides helpful links for you to Digg it, Facebook it, and the like. (Photo: jburwen)