Managing the Social-Media Paradigm Shift: Ride the current, or be swept aside

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 - 16:09
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 15:59
  Everyone who’s ears have been assaulted with talk of “paradigm shifts” can thank Thomas Kuhn, author of “The She Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”  I’ve often wondered why that phrase beguiles so many consultants and technology cheerleaders, and it’s a shame that it has, because in the glare of that overexposure, we may have blinded ourselves to some true paradigm shifts.

Environmental Collaboration: Lessons Learned About Cross-Boundary Collaborations

Monday, March 7th, 2011 - 11:05
While they find that many of the elements necessary for effective collaborative ventures are critical — such as a clear purpose, dedicated staff, and the willingness to be flexible — they conclude that a bilateral collaborative venture is often more effective when it has a formal legal structures in place that enhance its legitimacy in the eyes of various stakeholders. Informal collaborations are often useful precursors to more formal efforts. These informal

Chief Officer Central

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 - 11:34
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:26
Agencies facing increasingly challenging fiscal environments are looking for ways to make each dollar go further. The interagency councils for “chief officers” are no exception!  In fact, they found that a move toward cost efficiencies is also leading to greater collaboration. The interagency councils were created by Congress over the past 20 years to foster cross-agency coordination, collaboration and idea sharing. The councils formed under the aegis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  include:

Gumby Goes to the White House

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - 16:02
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:57
Over the years, presidents have directed agencies to streamline their administrative requirements and work together on behalf of citizens.  The last major effort was in the Clinton Administration, which met with mixed success.  President Obama has declared he will try again:  “I believe that working together, State, local, and tribal governments and Federal agencies can distinguish between rules and requi

Improving Business Operations of the U.S. Department of Defense

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 - 14:31
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:40
The imperative to improve the business operations of the U.S. Department of Defense has never been greater. Secretary of Defense Gates and Deputy Secretary Lynn have clearly articulated the pressing need for reform, driving action across all business areas such as acquisition and logistics, finance, and personnel. Transforming these business processes and systems is motivated by the need to make better use of resources, improve stewardship, and provide the best support possible to the warfighters.

Obama's FY 2012 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - 16:09
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 14:57
For the most part, the management section of the budget reflects a continued commitment to initiatives initially detailed in last year’s budget: “Building a government that works smarter, better, and more efficiently to deliver results for the American people is a cornerstone of the President’s Accountable Government Initiative and a key focus of this Administration.”

Leaders Speak on Leadership and Public Service: Amb. Patrick Kennedy, Adm. Thad Allen, and Dave Wennergren

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 - 14:49
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 13:01
For a decade, The Business of Government Hour has brought you leading government executives who are changing the way government does business. Each week, our guests join us for an informative, insightful, and in-depth conversation about their careers, their agencies, agency accomplishments, as well as their vision of government in the 21st century.  Over last five years, we have interviewed more than 250 government executives. It is from this rich library that we have culled together their insights on important public management issues.

Using Prizes as Innovation Engines

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 - 10:46
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 09:42
As promised in an earlier blog post on this topic, the IBM Center now has a report, “Managing Innovation Prizes in Government,” by Luciano Kay, with the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - 17:18
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 14:51
On his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, President Obama issued a call for increased openness in government.

Our Top 10 Most-Read Blog Posts in 2010!

Friday, December 31st, 2010 - 16:58
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 15:51
1.      Congress Hits Refresh Button on the Results Act (October 5, 2010) Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”