About Us


Publication: 2013-03-14


To ensure government is effective and responsive to the priorities of the American people, we conduct policy research and develop policy proposals; create tools to encourage citizen participation and government accountability; and build broad-based coalitions to advance these values. To ensure the American people understand the vital role of government, we produce and disseminate educational tools and communications materials.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Center for Effective Government


The Center for Effective Government, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, was formed as OMB Watch in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB oversees federal regulation, the budget, information collection and dissemination, proposed legislation, testimony by agencies, and much more. While OMB's actions were having an enormous impact on agency operations and the pursuit of social justice, it remained largely behind the scenes — unaccountable and little understood by the public and public interest groups. By explaining governmental processes and monitoring OMB, the Center for Effective Government helped bring sunshine to this powerful and secretive agency. In January 2013, OMB Watch became the Center for Effective Government.


  • PolicymakersWe are a resource for policymakers, the media, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the public.

  • The Media

  • Advocacy Groups

  • Community Organizations

  • The Public

  • Center for Effective Government Staff

  • Samuel AbbottRegulatory Policy Intern

  • Gavin BakerOpen Government Policy Analyst

  • MarQuis FairExecutive Assistant

  • Amanda FrankEnvironmental Right-to-Know Intern

  • Katie GreenhawRegulatory Policy Analyst

  • Brian GummCommunications Director

  • Elissar KhalekOnline Communications Manager

  • Patrick LesterDirector, Federal Fiscal Policy

  • Katherine McFatePresident and CEO

  • Denise MooreDatabase Administrator/Programmer

  • Sean MoultonDirector, Open Government Policy

  • Doug PercivalTechnology Coordinator

  • Sofia PlagakisPolicy Analyst - Environmental Right to Know

  • Anastasia PostnikovaOpen Government Policy Intern

  • Rich PuchalskyRTK Net Director and Programmer

  • Randy RabinowitzDirector, Regulatory Policy

  • Virginia RobnettOutreach Coordinator

  • Jessica SchiederRegulatory and Fiscal Policy Intern

  • Paula ShoecraftDevelopment Director

  • Michael SikoraPolicy Associate

  • Rick TrilschDirector of Finance and Administration

  • Katie WeatherfordRegulatory Policy Analyst

  • Charity & Security NetworkThe Charity & Security Network addresses challenges to humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding activities found in U.S. counterterrorism measures.

  • Charity and Security Network Staff

  • Kay GuinaneProgram Director, Charity and Security Network

  • Suraj SazawalCommunications/Research Coordinator, Charity and Security Network

  • Nathaniel TurnerPolicy Analyst, Charity and Security Network

  • Center for Effective Government Board of Directors

  • Paul Marchand(Chair)

  • Edwin S. Jayne(Vice-Chair and Secretary), AFSCME

  • Robert Lawrence(Treasurer)

  • Julio AbreuMental Health America

  • Nancy AmideiUniversity of Washington School of Social Work

  • Ross EisenbreyEconomic Policy Institute

  • Phaedra Ellis-LamkinsGreen For All

  • Pamela GilbertCuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP

  • Edward Hailes, Jr.Advancement Project

  • Sylvia JohnsonUnited Auto Workers

  • Mary M. LassenCenter for Community Change

  • Katherine McFateCenter for Effective Government

  • Linda NguyenAlliance for Children and Families

  • Margaret SeminarioAFL-CIO

  • Dianne StewartPublic Works

  • Center for Effective Government FundersThe Center for Effective Government's work is supported by the following foundations:

  • Rita Allen Foundation

  • Bauman Foundation

  • Cordaid

  • CS Fund

  • Ford Foundation

  • The Stewart R. Mott Foundation

  • Open Society Foundations

  • Public Welfare Foundation

  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund

  • The Scherman Foundation



  • Federal Government EmployeesFederal government employees can contribute through Combined Federal Campaign #10201

  • Combined Federal Campaign