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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 “. . .

Bailout: Dealing with the Big Questions

Monday, July 13th, 2009 - 15:47
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.

Performance Management Advice: Build on Foundation

Friday, July 10th, 2009 - 10:38
Last week, another consortium of good government proponents released a report, “Building a Better Government Performance System: Recommendations to the Obama Administration.”  Sponsored by the Accenture Institute for Public Service Value, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and OMB Watch, the report reflects the results of a workshop they hosted last year as their public service contribution to the transition effort.

Leadership Advice: Don't Ignore Management 101

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 - 17:01
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 - 9:50
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 - 16:08
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 - 14:57
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 - 9:14
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 - 10:22
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 - 8:53
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?