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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!

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?