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.
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!
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
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!
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 “. . .
There’s been a lot of attention on the implementation of the Recovery Act. But it’s only half the action. We’ve recently published several reports on the implementation of the bailout provisions, which in some ways may have a longer-term effect on the U.S. governance system.