The Center for Effective Government, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, works to build an open, accountable government that invests in the common good, protects people and the environment, and advances the national priorities defined by an active, informed citizenry. To ensure government is effective and responsive to the priorities of the American people, they 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, they produce and disseminate educational tools and communications materials.
The 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.