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Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 00:17
Remember the YouTube phenomena, “The Evolution of Dance?”  I have been reading a book, “Managing Performance: International Comparisons” by two highly-regarded foreign academics – Geert Bouckaert (a Belgian) and John Halligan (an Australian).   Their...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 17:07
The federal government’s chief performance officer, Jeff Zients, declared at a recent Senate hearing: “The test of a performance management system is whether it is used.”  He thought federal agencies were failing the test. So what should agencies do? ...
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Monday, December 21, 2009 - 21:53
 OMB released a report today, “Acquisition and Contracting Improvement Plans and Pilots:  Saving Money and Improving Government,” which follows up on its July 2009 directive that agencies trim 7 percent – about $40 billion -- from their contracting budgets...
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Friday, December 18, 2009 - 23:15
Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on the reporting of the outputs and outcomes of government programs. Yet there is limited information on what outputs and outcomes are actually reported on in practice.  A new report by Richard Boyle, Head of...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 15:41
The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) was enacted in 1993 to bring about a greater focus on results in the federal government.  GPRA's requirements have built a strong foundation for results-oriented performance planning, measurement, and...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 19:21
President Obama’s Open Government Directive was released a week ago with lots of anticipation and a series of deadlines.  Now agencies are moving quickly to develop their plans.  A series of interesting resources are already popping up to help them: The...
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Monday, December 14, 2009 - 21:16
According to the “Head Count” in today’s Washington Post, President Obama has filled 293 (56.9 percent) of his 515 Senate-confirmed positions.  Curiously, one position the Washington Post does not track is the Comptroller General of the United States. The...
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Friday, December 11, 2009 - 15:30
Senator Mark Warner chaired another hearing of his Taskforce on Government Performance, on “Data-Driven Performance:  Using Technology to Deliver Results.” The Obama Administration’s chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, testified.  Here are some...
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Friday, December 11, 2009 - 08:12
With more than 218 years of service to the nation, the U.S. Coast Guard is a military, multimission maritime organization that safeguards U.S. economic and security interests. We had the pleasure of speaking with Admiral Allen about the Coast Guard modernization,...
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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 15:32
If a tree falls in a forest, did it make a sound? The November 15th release of federal department and agency annual performance and accountability reports went largely un-noticed.  Not a mention in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington...
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