President Obama put Vice President Biden in charge of the implementation of the $787 billion Recovery Act. Ed DeSeve had an eagle eye’s view of the interaction between agencies, states, localities, and non-profits. He shares his lessons learned from Recovery Act implementation, as well as advice for “the next big implementation challenge,” whatever that might be.
Reverse auctions—auctions where an organization posts a buying requirement and interested suppliers drive prices down as they bid against one another to win the auction—are a simple idea whose time has come.
OMB sponsors several collaborative initiatives that reach across federal, state, and local boundaries. One, the Collaborative Forum, which is supported by the Partnership Fund, just recently relocated its support functions to the National Academy of Public Administration. The Academy will become the intersection for a series of intergovernmental working groups that will highlight and pilot new innovative approaches to improving cost-effective services.