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Transparency in Contracting

Friday, August 21st, 2009 - 16:41
Government Executive's Robert Brodsky says the Obama Administration plans to raise the bar on making more government contract information available in his article, "Administration Says It Is Committed to Posting Contracts Online."

Update: The White House Transition Project

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 - 10:07
I had lunch yesterday with Martha Kumar, who helps run the White House Transition Project,  and she encouraged a visit to their website to see their "Six Month Review" of the Obama Administration's transition.  You should visit also!

Efforts to Engage the Public

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 - 14:03
The healthcare reform debates raging across the country in townhalls and on-line, all show that Americans do want to actively engage in their government.  Obama’s Open Government Directive, which is still under development, intends to expand public involvement.  But various agencies are already jumping in.

FY 2011 Budget: Obama Science Spending

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 - 17:17
Agencies got their budget marching instructions from the Office of Management and Budget back on June 11th, but the science agencies (NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, etc.) have recently received additional guidance.

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!