Ed O’Keefe
The Washington Post
June 9, 2010

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Take a look back at the last few weeks, and it appears the White House is issuing new orders to federal agencies at a feverish pace.

There were this week’s instructions to find ways to trim at least 5 percent from agency budgets. Officials bragged this week that the number of Freedom of Information Act dropped last year because Obama told agencies to post more information online. Last week President he ordered agencies to extend more employment benefits to the partners of gay federal workers. He’s also mandated changes to the federal hiring process and there will be more later this week.

All of the changes have come through a series of memos — not executive orders or legislation — that the White House issued after months of review by lawyers and agency officials. (The budget memo with spending instructions comes every year, so it’s not a huge surprise.) The orders appear to provide the White House with quick and easy ways to demonstrate change. (Remember how often we used to hear that word?)

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