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Leadership Advice: Don't Ignore Management 101

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 - 16:01
I attended an event yesterday evening billed as “What It Takes to Change Government.” Hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, it was the culmination of a nearly two-year research project supported by Booz Allen Hamilton as their public service contribution to the presidential transition effort.

Collaborative Governance

Monday, July 6th, 2009 - 8:50
I spent part of my 4th of July weekend reading a new book by Beth Noveck, the White House staffer helping lead President Obama’s Open Government initiative.

Open Gov Directive: Progress to Date

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 - 15:08
The White House continues to pioneer a new approach to crafting policy by actively seeking public input.  The media seems a bit skeptical about how it is going, though, calling it “not so presidential” in part because of the many off-topic comments.  However that hadn’t deterred the pioneers!

Recovery Act Tracking

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 - 13:57
The Washington Post reports today that a new survey shows citizens’ confidence is slipping in their belief that the Recovery Act will boost the economy.  Whoever was surveyed clearly has not been reading OMB guidance on expectations for how these monies will be tracked!

Status of Political Appointments: June 2009

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 - 8:14
People have been asking me why I’m still doing a transition blog:  “Isn’t the transition over?”  Well, no.

Performance Management: Obama Style

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 - 9:22
People have been asking me:  What’s the Obama performance management agenda?  I keep saying, “you’ll have to wait until his chief performance officer gets on board.” Well, that may be true in some respects, but the agenda is steadily being fleshed out.  The President’s FY 2010 budget, according to Federal Times, laid out a set of specifics that agencies will have to develop in the coming months:

Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients

Friday, June 12th, 2009 - 7:53
Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a confirmation hearing for Jeff Zients, President Obama’s choice to be the first Chief Performance Officer and deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget.  Who is he and what did he say?

Presidential Appointee Orientation

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 - 14:26
The Presidential Transition Act sets aside funds so the incoming Administration can conduct orientation training for incoming appointees.  According to Federal News Radio, the General Services Administration announced that they have chosen the Hay Group to be the deliverer of the training for the Obama Administration.  In 2000, and before, the C

Recovery Act Tracking

Friday, June 5th, 2009 - 14:42
The Recovery Act has challenged the federal government, and the recipients of stimulus monies, to publicly report: the disbursement of funds, progress, results, what was spent, and who received it.  This degree of reporting has not been done for regular grants, contracts, or loans.  So this is a new challenge for multiple players, and a big risk for the Obama Administration since it has so much at stake in get

Open Government Dialogue: Transparency

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 - 13:04
I’ve been intrigued by the Open Government initiative that launched May 21st.  The three-phase initiative (brainstorm, discuss, then draft recommendations for the president’s Open Government Directive) has now moved into the second phase, an online dialogue on key themes that came out of the brainstorming phase.  So what’s happened so far?