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Bailout: Dealing with the Big Questions

Monday, July 13th, 2009 - 15:47
There’s been a lot of attention on the implementation of the Recovery Act. But it’s only half the action.  We’ve recently published several reports on the implementation of the bailout provisions, which in some ways may have a longer-term effect on the U.S. governance system.

Performance Management Advice: Build on Foundation

Friday, July 10th, 2009 - 10:38
Last week, another consortium of good government proponents released a report, “Building a Better Government Performance System: Recommendations to the Obama Administration.”  Sponsored by the Accenture Institute for Public Service Value, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and OMB Watch, the report reflects the results of a workshop they hosted last year as their public service contribution to the transition effort.

Leadership Advice: Don't Ignore Management 101

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 - 17:01
I attended an event yesterday evening billed as “What It Takes to Change Government.” Hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, it was the culmination of a nearly two-year research project supported by Booz Allen Hamilton as their public service contribution to the presidential transition effort.

Collaborative Governance

Monday, July 6th, 2009 - 9:50
I spent part of my 4th of July weekend reading a new book by Beth Noveck, the White House staffer helping lead President Obama’s Open Government initiative.

Updated Index: 250th Blog Entry

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 - 17:31
This is our 250th blog entry!  Thanks to our many readers and contributors.  Here’s an updated index of the highlights of the past couple of years since we started this effort to track the 2008-2009 presidential transition effort. Blogs on “The Big Picture” — Where Is Government Reform Going? Reflections on 21st Century Government Management (04-01-07)

Transparency: an IT Dashboard

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 - 18:08
As promised, federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra (described by the Washington Post as "King of Geek")  launched an "IT Dashboard" today that provides the public an accessible view of how  individual agencies in the federal government are spending their technology dollars.  Now this is transparency with a purpose!  Previously, this kind of information was available only annually, buried in an obscure ta

Open Gov Directive: Progress to Date

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 - 16:08
The White House continues to pioneer a new approach to crafting policy by actively seeking public input.  The media seems a bit skeptical about how it is going, though, calling it “not so presidential” in part because of the many off-topic comments.  However that hadn’t deterred the pioneers!

Recovery Act Tracking

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 - 14:57
The Washington Post reports today that a new survey shows citizens’ confidence is slipping in their belief that the Recovery Act will boost the economy.  Whoever was surveyed clearly has not been reading OMB guidance on expectations for how these monies will be tracked!

Zients Confirmed

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 - 11:19
This entry is short enough to qualify for a Tweet!  The Senate confirmed Jeffrey Zients on Friday afternoon to be the deputy director for management at OMB, and President Obama's chief performance officer!

Status of Political Appointments: June 2009

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 - 9:14
People have been asking me why I’m still doing a transition blog:  “Isn’t the transition over?”  Well, no.