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Recovery Act: Watching the Watchers

Monday, August 10th, 2009 - 16:44
The Recovery Act created a huge oversight mechanism and provided more than $350 million for audits and investigations to ensure the $787 billion in the Act would not be wasted.  For example, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board released a checklist for how to look for waste, fraud and abuse in Recovery Act grants (e.g., “Was the award announced on FBO?

Retooling Democracy

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 - 13:28
Today's blog post is by a guest, Matt Leighninger, executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Matt snapshots the state of play in the field of participatory democracy, an underpinning element of President Obama's soon-to-be released Open Government Directive.

Obama's Contracting Initiatives: An Update

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - 15:55
President Obama's 2008 election campaign made strong commitments to reduce the government's dependence on the use of contractors. Now come the implementation details:

The $100 Million Challenge

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 - 13:59
President Obama challenged his cabinet at its first meeting on April 20th to collectively cut $100 million from their current administrative budgets.  Today, the Office of Management and Budget announced that that goal has been exceeded:  $102 million in savings. . . . with additional savings promised for next year of $140 million!

Fact-Based Governing

Monday, July 27th, 2009 - 16:40
Maryland's State-Stat.  Last week I took a field trip to Annapolis to visit Governor Martin O’Malley’s much ballyhooed State-Stat management system.  It is a variation of Baltimore’s Citi-Stat, which O’Malley created in 2001 when he became mayor.  It could serve as an inspiration for what the federal government might do to track the implementation of the various agency-level goals to be submitted to OMB by the end of the week, as well as to coordinate the work of t

Will UK Government Reforms Inspire Obama?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 - 13:46
Some of the initiatives undertaken in the early days of the Clinton-Gore reinventing government initiative were inspired by reforms underway in Britain. This included customer service standards, performance contracts, audited financial statements. That might well happen again!

Berry Vision: Aligning the Stars

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 - 12:50

Transparency Pot Shots

Monday, July 20th, 2009 - 14:02
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board estimates that about 200,000 entities (state agencies, localities, companies, non-profits) will be entering data into the website.

Real-Time Results Reporting

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 - 17:15
The Obama Administration is actively promoting transparency of program data via  But what about transparency of program results?

Productivity vs. Performance Measures

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 - 17:31
I went to a high-powered panel presentation last week sponsored by the Center for American Progress on “Government’s Productivity Imperative” and it left me a bit nervous.  It was inspired by a McKinsey article on productivity and it urges the Obama Administration to adopt productivity improvement approaches that could save $45 billion to $134 billion a year, noting “. . .