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This newsletter features two reports, Coordinating for Results: Lessons from a Case Study of Interagency Coordination in Afghanistan by Dr. Andrea Strimling Yodsampa and we are again featuring The Costs of Budget Uncertainty: Analyzing the Impact of Late Appropriations by Dr. Philip Joyce. Dr. Yodsampa analyzes the interactions between U.S. civilian and military efforts in Afghanistan from 2001-2009. She draws on scores of confidential and candid interviews with key players, including ambassadors and generals, to identify the challenges and successes of coordination between their institutions. Dr. Joyce describes the effects of late appropriations on federal operations over the last 35 years, and explains how federal managers have attempted to address increasingly greater levels of budget uncertainty.
Additionally, we will soon release the report, Six Trends Driving Change in Government, which will include a set of six essays describing trends the IBM Center sees that are facing government executives. We believe these trends will be the underpinning for reform initiatives undertaken in coming years. These include: Performance, Risk, Innovation, Mission, Efficiency, and Leadership.
Author: Dr. Andrea Strimling Yodsampa
This report focuses on interagency coordination. Dr. Strimling Yodsampa vividly describes examples of successful coordination on initiatives such as school and road construction and the 2004 Afghan national elections. These examples succeeded when the civilian and military institutions leveraged their joint funding sources and networks to achieve common goals. But she also observed instances where the lack of coordination resulted in the two institutions duplicating each other’s effort, or at worst, inadvertently undermining the other’s activities or goals. Based on her observations, she offers recommendations on how agencies can better assure effective coordination.
Author: Dr. Philip Joyce
By analyzing historical events and interviews with participants, Dr. Joyce describes the effects of late appropriations on federal operations over the last 35 years, and explains how federal managers have attempted to address increasingly greater levels of budget uncertainty. He also describes in compelling detail the effects—and costs—on government operations of the recent congressional practice of relying on continuing resolutions (CRs) to temporarily fund government for increasingly longer amounts of time.
This report is a very helpful guide for federal managers; state, local, and non-profit grant recipients; and federal contractors to understand the background behind continuing resolutions and how they operate, as well as the different impacts of CRs and government shutdowns.
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