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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?

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.