The Fall 2015 The Business of Government magazine delves into a diverse set of topics and public management issues facing us today. With each edition, I present the leadership stories of a select group of public servants and complement their front-line experience with practical insights from thought leaders—merging real-world experience with practical scholarship.
Over the past five years, the Obama administration has pursued a host of innovation-fostering initiatives that work to strengthen the connective links among and within federal agencies. The challenge? How do we solidify the best of them so they remain in place beyond the upcoming 2017 presidential transition?
Early decisions about how political leaders interact with senior career executives will have a profound effect on the ability of the next President to implement policy goals, and overcome execution and operational challenges that can cost the administration in terms of time, resources and public standing.
We’ve dodged another shutdown. The two-month reprieve via a continuing resolution is now seen as a major victory. But as the glow fades, is there a better way? Several recent studies offer an optimistic path.
As public and private sector health care providers move to integrate electronic health records, challenges to implementation continue -- but the benefits to agencies, providers, and the public will be significant.
A new law passed in 2014 requires substantial changes in how federal agencies track and report their spending. The first step is standardizing reporting of financial data, which is underway, but more is coming – with a deadline of May 2017 for full compliance.
Washington breathed a collective sigh of relief when a government shutdown was averted on September 30th. But that news overshadowed the quiet release of a GAO report on the government’s progress on using performance information to make better decisions.