The budget stalemate back in the spring, the summer debt ceiling debacle, the recent failure of the “super committee,” and the near paralysis over extending the payroll tax cut the are all symptoms of a broken governing system. The non-partisan Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform recently issued a series of recommendations on how to begin fixing the system.
President Obama created a new oversight board in June 2011 as part of his new Campaign to Cut Government Waste. He directed it to report to him in December on ways to improve accountability, based on lessons from the implementation of the Recovery Act. That report is now out.
Federal CIO VanRoekel recently spoke about the Administration’s renewed focus on improving productivity within the federal government. One key to success is the strategic use of IT to improve how agencies manage programs.
OMB just announced a set of IT policies and activities in several different and visible areas. This next phase of the Administration’s IT Reform Strategy has the potential to bring significant change over the next 12-18 months.
In a refreshingly provocative article in this month’s Harvard Business Review, celebrated business writer Gary Hamel describes the condition of management in most large organizations (costly and inefficient) and how one company did away with all their managers and still manage to run a $700 million company with revenues and profits that leave competitors in the dust.