The E-Government Collaboration Challenge: Lessons from Five Case Studies

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 - 19:00
This report examines five diverse case studies in which collaboration depended on the effective use of information technology. The authors assess the political, administrative, and technical challenges that occurred in each of these five case studies and find commonalities across the cases in both the challenges faced and lessons learned. They conclude, "Interestingly, the technical challenges tended to be the least difficult to surmount...."

RFID: The Right Frequency for Government

Friday, October 28th, 2005 - 19:00
This report provides an overview of a major new technology now making great inroads in both the public and private sector - RFID technology. RFID stands for radio frequency identification. The report describes RFID technology and how it is being increasingly used. The report contains three cases of RFID application in supply chain management: (1) the Department of Defense, (2) the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical industry, and (3) the Department of Agriculture's National Animal Identification System.

Grants Management in the 21st Century: Three Innovative Policy Responses

Friday, October 21st, 2005 - 19:00
This report describes how the federal grant system has come under increased stress in recent years. In an effort to modernize the grant system, the report analyzes three recent reform initiatives in the area of grant management: performance partnerships,, and extensive waiver authority. The report explores the potential of each to mitigate some of the challenges facing grants management and design. The report concludes with a series of recommendations to improve federal grants management. Financial Management

International Experience Using Outsourcing, Public-Private Partnerships, and Vouchers

Monday, October 17th, 2005 - 19:00
This report is based on research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including site visits, interviews, and two major OECD conferences. The report focuses on key design and implementation issues for three principal market-type mechanisms used to provide public services in OECD countries: (1) outsourcing, (2) public-private partnerships, and (3) vouchers.

Investing in Supply Chain Security: Collateral Benefits

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 - 19:00
This report asserts that while the United States and other governments have taken steps to secure international transportation systems, supply chains remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks and are exposed to the introduction of unauthorized people or weapons. It also responds to an industry concern that government action to impose tougher standards and processes erodes trade efficiency by adding cost and complexity. In this report, Rice and Spayd help business leaders and security managers quantify the business case for increasing investment in security.

Performance Management for Political Executives: A 'Start Where You Are, Use What You Have' Guide

Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - 19:00
Wye describes how political executives can overcome common problems in the design, alignment, use, and communication of performance measures and information. The report links performance-based management to the higher calling of public service and provides a meaningful rationale as to why political executives should care about performance-based management. In the past, political appointees have traditionally focused primarily on the political agenda, without much attention given to management responsibilities.

Transforming Government Supply Chain Management

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
World-class, commercial supply chain management standards are now exceptionally high. The best organizations measure order-to-receipt time in two days or less, with near perfect probability. This speed is backed up by nimble systems capable of rapidly responding to unexpected contingencies and surge requirements.

Federal Intranet Work Sites: An Interim Assessment

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
This report uncovers ideas and practices in government-to-employee web-based communication. It investigates and analyzes the visions of online collaboration that are emerging in federal agencies and the web-based governemnt-to-emploee practices that are in place. The study considersr the leverage points, opportunities and barriers to developing these innovations. Technology and E-Government

Enhancing Security Throughout the Supply Chain

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
This project characterizes the supply chain flow of goods, information and people in a global economy with particular attention given to security issues (e.g., threat and vulnerability) as well as to threats to supply chain efficiency resulting from security measures. Supply Chain Management

From E-Government to M-Government? Emerging Practices in the Use of Mobile Technology by State Governments

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
Adding to our expanding knowledge base and understanding of e-government, this report focuses on the potential of m-government (the use of mobile technology) to improve and enhance government services. The report broadly defines m-government as government's efforts to provide information and services to public employees, citizens, businesses, and nonprofit organizations through wireless communication networks and mobile devices such as pagers, PDAs, cellular phones, and their support systems.