As we pause today to remember the tragic events of Sep 11, 2001, I am reminded of how that event changed so much of our history – including impacting how government moved forward to manage technology and people who care deeply about serving the American people, and working with our international partners to do the same. We learned important lessons on that day, which have carried forward since and will long into the future.
The White House’s Open Government initiative encourages citizens to become more actively engaged in budget decisions in their communities. How does this work in practice? Do busy citizens actually get involved?
Flood insurance? Bank deposit insurance? Pension guarantees? Home loan guarantees? . . . No private sector business will take on some risks that the federal government agrees to bear on behalf of the broader society – at least not at an affordable price.
With the creation of the Defense Health Agency, DoD has taken a step in changing the way it delivers care. DHA is the starting point for comprehensive enterprise-wide reform. It is a leading example for how DoD will seek to modernize and integrate its system of care -- creating a stronger, better and more resilient military health system for the future.
Harvard’s Bob Behn has been working on his latest book about the “-Stat” movement for more than a decade. I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release and told him I would read and share my impressions with others. In his inimitable response, he just asked that I spelled “Behn” and “PerformanceStat” correctly.