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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!

Web 2.0: White House and Whitehall

Friday, February 27th, 2009 - 12:45
The appointment of the new Chief Technology Officer is eminent, and the OMB e-government and technology administrator, Vivek Kundra, is already busy at work.

Rethinking Government Contracting

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 - 13:21
George Mason University and the IBM Center released a report today by Allan Burman, “Six Practical Steps to Improve Contracting.”   

Fiscal Sustainability Project

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - 14:21
Yesterday President Obama hosted a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” around five issues: Health Care, Social Security, Tax Reform, Procurement, and Budget Process.  The first three are largely policy; the last two focus on tw

RAT Board Chair Named

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 - 9:59
The Stimulus Bill is big on accountability and action on this front seems to be moving quickly, maybe even quicker than action on implementation of the bill itself!