The September 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review has an insightful piece, “The Judgment Deficit,” by Amar Bhide. It explores the role of statistical models in the centralization of decision making and how this played a role in the recent downfall of the financial sector. But his article also has insights for the public sector as well.
The Obama management agenda finally has a name: the Accountable Government Initiative. In a memo from President Obama to the 7,000 members of the senior executive service, he highlights six initiatives and their progress to date. He also says: “I have tasked our Chief Performance Officer, Jeff Zients, with leading the Accountable Government Initiative,. . . “ and asks for regular updates.