The past 30 years have witnessed major change across the management landscape of the federal government. That history provides important lessons both for today’s leaders and for those of future administrations. Yet little has been written about the role leaders and teams have played in the evolution of management reforms—often overcoming high odds to achieve success, sometimes experiencing failure, each time learning and moving forward. And rarely is attention paid to understanding what remains relevant from past experience to inform future strategies.

 

With the upcoming presidential election, we believe that understanding the evolution of government reform can provide an important lens for understanding key choices facing incoming transition teams, whether for a new administration or new leaders in a second term.  In this spirit, we have launched this “Business of Government Stories” series, where we will narrate the stories of many of the most influential events that have shaped government over the past generation.

Dan and John

Our series will focus on the people behind this management evolution, and most importantly the lessons learned that can inform choices now and in the future. A podcast with Dan Chenok and John Kamensky (pictured right) will accompany each post, with reflections on the stories behind these stories. The series will culminate in a final report that integrates major findings and key recommendations, to serve as a resource for new leaders.  We hope you enjoy!

 

    Business of Government Stories  
Introduction   1. Meet the Individuals Behind Government Success Stories 01/29/20 Podcast
Major Reform Initiatives   2. Reinventing Government: A Principle-Driven Reform Initiative 02/05/20 Podcast
    3. President’s Management Agendas: What Insights Do the PMA’s Origins Have for the Future? 02/12/20 Podcast
Performance Management   4. Performance Management: An Emphasis on Accountability 02/19/20 Podcast
    5. Performance Management: An Emphasis on Learning 02/27/20 Podcast
    6. The Government’s Program Management Story: Taking a Cue from The Big Screen 03/04/20 Podcast
Information Technology   7. The Early Internet Years in Government – A Model of Fostering Innovation 03/11/20 Podcast
    8. E-Government – Three Vignettes that Still Resonate Today 03/19/20 Podcast
    9. Responding to the Year 2000 Challenge: Lessons for Today 03/25/20 Podcast

 

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"Our series will focus on the people behind this management evolution, and most importantly the lessons learned that can inform choices now and in the future."