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Executives

Audited Financial Statements: Getting and Sustaining "Clean" Opinions

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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This report examines how organizational factors and management strategies have affected the ability of federal agencies to generate reliable information for financial statements and achieve unqualified audit opinions. By indentifying successful management strategies, this study offers recommendations about how agencies can better approach the recurring requirements to produce annual audited financial statements. Financial Management

Managing Decentralized Departments: The Case of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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Since its creation in 1953 as an amalgam of several existing agencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (originally the Department of Health, education and Welfare) has struggled to find the appropriate balance between centralized functions in the Office of the Secretary and autonomy to the various agencies and bureaus contained within its boundaries. Over the years, the pendulum has swung back and forth between emphasis on centralization and decentralization.

Profiles in Excellence: Conversations with the Best of America's Career Executive Service

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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This report consists of a series of in-depth interviews with senior executives in government who have been identified as outstanding leaders. The study attempts to determine the characteristics that have most centrally contributed to the success of these senior executives. Leadership

Reflections on Mobility: Case Studies of Six Federal Executives

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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This report offers case studies of five current federal career executives, each of whom accomplished major changes in several different federal agencies. The study identifies common factors in their experiences that led to their inter-agency mobility. These factors provide useful guidelines for creating incentives to encourage more widespread mobility in the future and allow federal executives to consciously plan for greater career mobility to ensure a more flexible and responsive government. Human Capital Management Leadership

Leadership for Change: Case Studies in American Local Government

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
This report profiles three outstanding local government executives – Robert O’Neill, Jan Perkins, and Phil Penland -- who have served in various local governments over the years. The study profiles the change activities of these city/county managers as they have sought to transfer a set of values and a methodology for leading change into a new setting. Case studies are developed on the change activities of each of these managers, drawing out lessons from their experiences that might suggest a model of leading change in American local governments. Leadership

Using Evaluation to Support Performance Management: A Guide for Federal Executives

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
This report documents the ways in which program evaluation is currently being used to support performance management. The authors draw from current practices to derive recommendations for improving the links between program evaluation and performance measurement, and management in the federal government. Managing for Performance and Results

Working with the Congress

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 14:00
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A part of a larger report, "Becoming an Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees," the "Working with the Congress" essay describes how political appointees can work with Congress. The essay provides an overview of how Congress functions, how decisions on money and programs are made, appropriators and authorizers, legislators and their constituencies, oversight, and how to get things done.