Margaret Weichert is being recognized for her dedicated leadership to the management of government and as author of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). The PMA was created as one of many steps to building a stronger America and providing 21st century services Americans can expect today and tomorrow. It lays out a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas that will improve the ability of agencies to work on behalf of the American people to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service and effectively steward taxpayers dollars.
To move from vision to action, the PMA focused on modernizing three key drivers of transformation: modern information technology; data, accountability and transparency; and modern workforce. As the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget for over two years, Margaret championed initiatives, awards, and drove a new conversation about the need for the government to improve services provided to the public.
Margaret was instrumental in the implementation of the Technology Modernization Fund to fund modernization efforts across the government. The TMF is intended to be the catalytic energy that results in billions of dollars of IT spent more wisely to promote agile.
Margaret is also the designer of the Government Effectiveness and Advanced Research (GEAR) Center institutionalizing a better connection between government, industry and academia to solve complex government problems.
In addition to serving as the Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Margaret served as the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management where she was instrumental in improving OPM’s FITARA scorecard from a D+ to a C+. She leaves behind a legacy of prioritizing information technology modernization and efficiencies across the executive branch and the need to focus on the changes needed in the federal workforce to meet the needs of the 21st century government.