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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 8, 2009 10:44 PM

Here’s the e-mail of the day, from a beleaguered federal employee at the Commerce Department.

Thanks to the e-mailer for giving us a revealing glimpse into the bowels of the spam-happy, appointee-overrun Obama bureaucracy.

Michelle,

I work for the Department of Commerce as a federal employee…and am getting rather fed up with what I have seen since last January…

Over the past couple of weeks, we have received several emails (a couple below, two received within a minute of each other) from the Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, announcing ANOTHER new White House web site. This web site is where employees can make suggestions for how government can save money……ooooh, and win a trip to see Obama!!

What a joke after all we have seen since Obama was elected! Too bad the general public cannot submit suggestions.

I wonder how many needed items will be cut in favor of more leftist programs?

Somehow I highly doubt the following suggestions would be acceptable to them:

1. Get rid of the numerous and redundant czars.
2. Stop bailing out institutions that should probably fail like banks, car companies, unions, etc., particularly the politically connected.
3. Make Charlie Rangel pay his taxes.
4. Stop funding corrupt organizations immediately like ACORN.
5. Stop flying Air Force One (and the massive entourage) all over the world for personal reasons.
6. Stop flying in sycophantic supporters to promote your socialized health plan.

I could go on and on.

Today, another email was sent out announcing the creation of two new political appointee positions within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Just what we need. More layers of flunkies at the top taking up space.

How about saving money by not creating these positions for political cronies?

The emails follow:

Email 1…

From:Secretary, The
[mailto:xxx_xxxxxxxx@doc.gov]
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 6:53 AM
Subject: Save Award

As many of you know, last week President Obama launched the SAVE Award calling on all federal employees to submit their ideas for innovative ways to reduce spending within our respective agencies.

This is a reminder that the deadline is just two weeks away.

The winner will get to present his or her idea directly to President Obama and also have it included in the FY 2011 budget.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute your ideas to help reduce wasteful spending and make a government that is more efficient and effective.

All submissions are confidential, and can be made at www.SaveAward.gov.

The deadline is Wednesday, October 14, and the winner will be announced in November. I urge you to participate (www.SaveAward.gov) not only so the Department of Commerce can win the award for the best participation, but also because this effort is an important way to give the American people a government that does more for less.

Thank you for your support of this effort and for participating in the President’s SAVE Award contest.

Sincerely,
Gary Locke
Secretary of Commerce

P.S. Visit www.SaveAward.gov for more info!

Email 2…

From:Secretary, The
[mailto:xxx_xxxxxxxx@doc.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:16 PM
Subject: Save Award

To: All DOC employees

From: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

Subject: Save Award

Do you have a good idea for how the Department of Commerce can trim costs and save taxpayer dollars? Submit (insert link www.SaveAward.gov) your cost-saving initiative for potential inclusion in the President’s Budget and become the first-ever SAVE Award winner.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 14. The winner will meet with President Obama at the White House and have his or her savings initiative incorporated into the FY 2011 Budget. In addition, the agency with the most participation in the contest will receive an award.

In a radio address on April 25, 2009,the President called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.”

The President’s SAVE Award will fulfill this commitment by enabling any federal employee to submit ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process. This contest is part of a larger effort to make sure that we invest taxpayer dollars in programs and initiatives that have proven records of success and fix or end programs that do not.

All submissions are confidential, and can be made at www.SaveAward.gov.

The deadline is Wednesday, October 14, and the winner will be announced in November. I urge you to participate (www.SaveAward.gov) not only so the Department of Commerce can win the award for the best participation, but also because this effort is an important way to give the American people a government that does more for less.

Thank you for your support of this effort and for participating in the President’s SAVE Award contest.

Sincerely,
Gary Locke
Secretary of Commerce

P.S. For more info, go to www.SaveAward.gov and watch a video from OMB Director Peter Orszag.

Email 3…

From:Secretary, The
[mailto:xxx_xxxxxxxx@doc.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:16 AM
Subject: Save Award Contest

TO: All Department of Commerce Employees

FROM: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

SUBJECT: Save Award Contest

As many of you know, President Obama launched the SAVE Award contest calling on federal employees to submit their ideas for innovative ways to reduce spending within our respective agencies.

This is a reminder that the deadline is just one week away.

The winner will have the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama and have his or her savings initiative incorporated into the FY 2011 Budget.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute your ideas to help reduce wasteful spending and make a government that is more efficient and effective.

All submissions are confidential, and can be made at www.SaveAward.gov.

The deadline is Wednesday, October 14, and the winner will be announced in November. I urge you to participate (www.SaveAward.gov) not only so the Department of Commerce can win the award for the best participation, but also because this effort is an important way to give the American people a government that does more for less.

For more info, go to www.SaveAward.gov and watch a video from OMB Director Peter Orszag.

Thank you for your support of this effort and for participating in the President’s SAVE Award contest.

Email 4…

October 8, 2009

At the beginning of this administration, the president’s transition team looked closely at how NOAA conducts everyday business. These consultations engaged many NOAA leaders and staff, as well as officials in the Department of Commerce. It was no surprise the team found that NOAA has an outstanding work force. However, they also recognized that our headquarters leadership structure is not aligned effectively to keep pace with the many changes our agency has experienced through the years, nor with the complex environmental, economic and social challenges facing our nation and the ever-growing demands for NOAA’s science, service and stewardship missions.

Our agency budget, roughly $250 million in 1970, has grown to about $4.5 billion. Yet, the administrative structure has changed little since 1970. We lack a sufficient number of senior-level administration officials to manage our resources and effectively oversee headquarters functions.

I’m pleased to announce that, for first time since 1970, we are proposing to realign and enhance our headquarters leadership structure. The addition of senior-level political appointees and the redefinition of some existing roles will streamline decision-making at headquarters, strengthen guidance to the agency, improve accountability, and more clearly outline authority and responsibilities among senior NOAA leadership.
The proposed headquarters alignment establishes a clear plan for oversight of NOAA’s three main functions, consistent with the principle of ecosystem-based management: (1) Conservation and Management; (2) Environmental Observation and Prediction; and (3) Research and Education. By implementing this new alignment, as recommended by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, NOAA will emerge a stronger, smarter and more responsive, science-centered organization.

New Leadership Structure Summary

Approved by the administration and transmitted to the Congress for approval on Oct. 7, 2009, the proposed alignment will involve a number of structural changes to NOAA’s headquarters organizational chart and reporting, including:

* Increasing the number of senior-level political appointees from five to seven,in order to provide for improved oversight of, and direction for, NOAA’s roughly $4.5 billion budget.
* Establishing a Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere as a Senior Executive Service-level appointee who will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of headquarters functions. This position will manage a number of functions that cut across the agency, specifically: Communication and External Affairs; Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; Federal Coordinator for Meteorology; Education; International Affairs; and Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships.
* Renaming the Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere as the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations.This position will continue to manage NOAA operations across the agency including oversight of line offices and supervision over corporate offices, specifically: Acquisition and Grants; Chief Administrative Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Information Officer and High Performance Computing; Marine and Aviation Operations; Program Analysis and Evaluation; and Workforce Management.
* Renaming the Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere as the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management. This position, which requires a presidential appointment and Senate confirmation, will drive policy and program direction for NOAA’s stewardship responsibilities, including ocean resource management, coastal management, and protected resources.
* Establishing an Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction, to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The Assistant Secretary will drive policy and program direction for weather and water, integrated mapping, and observing architecture, including satellites.
* Reinstituting and elevating the role of NOAA Chief Scientist, to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. As senior scientist for NOAA, the Chief Scientist will drive policy and program direction for science and technology priorities.
* Establishing a Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, a non-career Senior Executive Service-level appointee charged with international fishery negotiations as specified in the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act, who will report to the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management.
* Establishing an Office of Policy that reports to the Chief of Staff. This will include the existing Program Coordination Office, as well as manage the internal NOAA executive decision-making process and its committees, such as the NOAA Executive Panel and the NOAA Executive Council.
I want to emphasize that the day-to-day operations of NOAA line offices and corporate offices will proceed as usual. Further, the headquarters alignment will not adversely affect the reporting relationships or conditions of employment of any bargaining unit employees.

I believe the benefits of the new headquarters alignment are significant. It will better enable NOAA’s fulfillment of key priorities for the Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce, principally those related to climate science and services, the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and the president’s science and technology initiatives.

On a practical note, the addition of a second Assistant Secretary and a Principal Deputy Under Secretary will also allow me to take a more active role in many of our high priority programs and objectives, including the NPOESS program and implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. I will be able to focus more productively on our primary strategic aims, develop and sustain our partnerships, create greater support for NOAA among stakeholders, and engage with other federal agencies in pursuit of good government outcomes.

I’m very eager to implement our new leadership structure and excited about the possibility its holds for enhancing our delivery of world-class science and services to the nation. I’ll have more news and details in the coming weeks and months as we complete our consultations with the Congress and as we welcome new appointees to our senior leadership team.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

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