Around Town: Pentagon CMO to Step Down; Smith Confirms Intent to Lead HASC

Around Town: Pentagon CMO to Step Down; Smith Confirms Intent to Lead HASC

John Gibson II, DOD’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), officially submitted his resignation last week, more than two months after it first was reported he was on his way out for a “lack of performance.” His last day will be Nov. 30, when he will be replaced by Lisa Hershman, the deputy CMO, reports Defense News. “His efforts to streamline processes, establish the department’s Reform Management Group and identify significant savings across the department will pay dividends in FY19,” DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said in a statement. “Our commitment to bringing business reform to the department remains unwavering and will result in the increased lethality of our force,” Buccino added. … In a letter sent to his Democratic colleagues Thursday, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) formally announced his bid to run for chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Smith is the panel’s ranking member and almost certainly will secure the gavel. He called for Democrats to pursue more vigorous oversight of the Trump administration and the Pentagon. “Specifically, we must look to eliminate inefficiency and waste at the DOD; boost oversight of sensitive military operations and ensure that the military works to avoid civilian casualties; protect our environmental laws nationwide; advance green technology in defense; take substantial steps to reduce America’s overreliance on nuclear weapons; and promote greater transparency in national security matters,” Smith wrote.

DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

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