Presidential Transition


Performance Management: Obama Style

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 - 10:22
People have been asking me:  What’s the Obama performance management agenda?  I keep saying, “you’ll have to wait until his chief performance officer gets on board.” Well, that may be true in some respects, but the agenda is steadily being fleshed out.  The President’s FY 2010 budget, according to Federal Times, laid out a set of specifics that agencies will have to develop in the coming months:

Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients

Friday, June 12th, 2009 - 8:53
Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a confirmation hearing for Jeff Zients, President Obama’s choice to be the first Chief Performance Officer and deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget.  Who is he and what did he say?

Presidential Appointee Orientation

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 - 15:26
The Presidential Transition Act sets aside funds so the incoming Administration can conduct orientation training for incoming appointees.  According to Federal News Radio, the General Services Administration announced that they have chosen the Hay Group to be the deliverer of the training for the Obama Administration.  In 2000, and before, the C

Obama Tech Agenda

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 - 16:48
The 2008 Obama presidential campaign laid out a series of exciting ideas for the use of technology in government and proposed the creation of both a Chief Technology Officer and a cybersecurity czar.  This was accompanied by the campaign’s own successful use of technology.  During the Transition, the “Technology, Innovation, and Governme

Recovery Act Tracking

Friday, June 5th, 2009 - 15:42
The Recovery Act has challenged the federal government, and the recipients of stimulus monies, to publicly report: the disbursement of funds, progress, results, what was spent, and who received it.  This degree of reporting has not been done for regular grants, contracts, or loans.  So this is a new challenge for multiple players, and a big risk for the Obama Administration since it has so much at stake in get

Open Government Dialogue: Transparency

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 - 14:04
I’ve been intrigued by the Open Government initiative that launched May 21st.  The three-phase initiative (brainstorm, discuss, then draft recommendations for the president’s Open Government Directive) has now moved into the second phase, an online dialogue on key themes that came out of the brainstorming phase.  So what’s happened so far?

Human Capital is Out, People Are In

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 - 20:28
John Berry, the new director of the Office of Personnel Management, seems to want to change the conversation!  He doesn’t like the term “human capital,” but does like the term “people.”  Maybe the General Services Agency’s the new star agency, since they already have a Chief People Officer!

What Is Transparency?

Friday, May 29th, 2009 - 16:27
I was speaking at a conference a few weeks ago and got the question “what is transparency?’  I remember I didn’t feel like I gave a good answer, but I can’t remember what I said.  So let’s try another run at it . . . . you’re welcome to add your comments, as well.

Web 2.0: New Socialism?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 - 12:01
CAUTION: Very Wonky Blog Post. . . .

Data.Gov Is Open for Business

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 - 16:41
The Obama Administration opened the doors on a new website,, which has as its goal to put government data into the hands of the public to analyze.  In a great interview with WFED Radio, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said that while the site currently only has 46 data sets from 26 agencies, his goal is to have 240,000 data sets posted by the end of June.