Recent reports highlight a grading system that Congress has introduced to assess federal agency IT performance; these grades also point to areas where agencies can prioritize improvements to become more efficient and effective.
Today, the IBM Center for The Business of Government is pleased to release a new report, "Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power," by Zachary S. Huitink and David M. Van Slyke of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
The Fall 2015 The Business of Government magazine delves into a diverse set of topics and public management issues facing us today. With each edition, I present the leadership stories of a select group of public servants and complement their front-line experience with practical insights from thought leaders—merging real-world experience with practical scholarship.
Over the past five years, the Obama administration has pursued a host of innovation-fostering initiatives that work to strengthen the connective links among and within federal agencies. The challenge? How do we solidify the best of them so they remain in place beyond the upcoming 2017 presidential transition?
Early decisions about how political leaders interact with senior career executives will have a profound effect on the ability of the next President to implement policy goals, and overcome execution and operational challenges that can cost the administration in terms of time, resources and public standing.
We’ve dodged another shutdown. The two-month reprieve via a continuing resolution is now seen as a major victory. But as the glow fades, is there a better way? Several recent studies offer an optimistic path.