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Tracking Obama Appointments

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 - 9:07
The Washington Post has created a new web-based portal called "Head Count" that allows you to track, real-time, the top-level appointments in the White House and in the agencies.   They've identified 487 positions that require confirmation by the Senate that they're tracking.  You can search by name and by agency.  You can see the demographic composition of the team, a biographical thumbnail, as well as how each individual is politically connected. 

Collaborative Government: A New Report

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 - 13:25
A joint “national issues dialogue” co-sponsored by Deloitte's Public Leadership Institute and the National Academy for Public Administration has released its final report:  “Web 2.0:  The Future of Collaborative Government.”

Transparent Government: The Webinar!

Monday, March 16th, 2009 - 12:42
A White House task force on creating a more transparent, participative, and collaborative government is due to report out it recommendations on May 21st.  It has been gathering federal employee input via a governm

Staffing Progress in the Obama Administration

Friday, March 13th, 2009 - 15:51
Media reports seem to be focusing on the consequences of a sluggish appointment process.  Just this morning, the Washington Post highlighted another potential appointee withdrawing his name for consideration.  And a couple days ago,

Fast Action on Stimulus Implementation

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - 16:40
The Obama Administration recognizes the importance of the Recovery Act and doing a credible job in its implementation.  The initial emphasis was on accountability to ensure the monies were not ill-spent. 

Obama Agenda Re-Cap

Monday, March 9th, 2009 - 12:46
A friend called me last week asking if President Obama had yet developed his “management agenda.”  I said, “no,” that it may be too early, but in any case there were a number of other initiatives underway.  Almost as if in response, President Obama used his weekly radio address

Obama Priority: Contract Reform

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 - 19:45
President Obama made a number of campaign commitments regarding the federal government’s contracting system, including more competition, more fixed-price contracts, and reducing government’s dependence on contractors.

Bogged Down Appointment Process

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 - 19:58
As predicted months ago in earlier blogs, the appointments process is going slowly (see blog postings from 2007,

Progress on Obama Transparency Efforts

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - 15:18
President Obama signed a directive in his first full day in office committing his Administration to “creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” He directed the Chief Technology Officer to, within 120 days, create recommendations for an Open Government Directive.  

Obama Developing a Routine

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 - 13:34
After his first 40 days in office, President Obama has begun to develop a routine.  Washington Post’s Eli Saslow, in “Obama, Reaching Outside the Bubble,” describes how Obama is putting in 11-hour days, is trying to get outside of Washington at least once a week, and wants to be home each evening for dinner with his family!