Hello we must be going


Hello we must be going

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 - 7:22
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 17:18
Thanks to the many men and women who made this blog possible.

So, when we first starting writing this blog a little under a year ago, we were told that we could get more attention for it by using Twitter to let people know about our latest posts. A few days after we started to send out messages via this electronic route, we picked up a few new followers (those are the people who are supposed to actually pay attention to what you’re saying). One of these featured a picture of a skimpily clad woman. Actually, skimpily clad may be overstating the extent of her clothing.

“She must have misunderstood what you guys meant when you said you were writing about stimulus activities,” one friend remarked.

As the months have rolled on, we hope we’ve clarified a number of issues for readers of this blog (beyond our unclothed follower). With the help of literally hundreds of individual sources and even more written documents, reports, newspaper and magazine articles and so on, we’ve made an effort to cover the waterfront, and bring the story beyond the simple notion of: more money for more jobs.

We hope we’ve succeeded. Tomorrow will be our last post (an index of our past blog posts, which will continue to be available on the IBM Center for the Business of Government site). What’s more, if you stay tuned to the IBM Center website, you’ll continue to be able to read our work. Commencing next month, we’ll be offering a monthly column about a variety of issues pertaining to management in government. We hope to shed some light on dark matters here; such as management initiatives that get tons of press for their theoretical benefits, without a great deal of scrutiny for the potential downsides that may arise.

Meanwhile, this felt like the right moment to thank a handful of people who have made this work not just easy – but fun. It’s not an exhaustive list, and we’ve doubtless left some names off – for which we apologize.

First, at the IBM Center, we want to thank: Jonathan Breul, John Kamensky, Ruth Gordon and Gadi Ben-Yehuda; at the Government Accountability Office:  Stanley Czerwinski, Phillip Herr, and a number of others whom we interviewed along the way; at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board: Earl Devaney, Nancy DiPaolo, Edward Pound and Cheryl Arvidson; at the Office of Management and Budget: Shelley Metzenbaum. Finally, Ed DeSeve, who had a number of titles (including adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden and special adviser to President Barack Obama). There were also dozens of people at the state and local level who gave us their time and were patient about answering our questions.

Thanks to you all.