FY 2011 Budget


FY 2011 Budget

Data-Driven Performance: The Hearing

Friday, December 11th, 2009 - 15:30
Senator Mark Warner chaired another hearing of his Taskforce on Government Performance, on “Data-Driven Performance:  Using Technology to Deliver Results.” The Obama Administration’s chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, testified.  Here are some interesting excerpts from his statement:

Health Care Reform Implementation (Part 1)

Monday, November 30th, 2009 - 23:26
Government Executive’s Alyssa Rosenberg hits the nail on the head in her Fed Blog today, “How Health Care Would Be Run.”  Her piece looks at the increased role of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Senate version of the bill.  The House version has significant roles for other agencies as well, and creates a new independent agency, the Health Choices Administration.

More on Senate Performance Hearing

Friday, October 30th, 2009 - 18:34
Yesterday I highlighted Jeff Zients’ testimony before the Senate Budget Committee’s Task Force on Government Performance.  But there were two other witnesses who provided some interesting insights, and Senator Mark Warner offered a glimpse of where the Task Force might be heading.

OMB's New Performance Principles

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - 21:35
OMB Chief Performance Office Jeff Zients testified today before the Senate Budget Committee’s new Task Force on Government Performance.  He laid out a set of five key principles OMB will follow in developing a governmentwide performance management system.

OMB: A Change in Tone

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - 15:19
WFED’s Jason Miller reports that the Office of Management and Budget wants to change its stripes and “move away from command and control toward a focus on collaboration.”

Governing by Suggestion Box

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - 20:49
The Obama Administration is stepping up its efforts to solicit ideas from employees.  In its first big effort, the SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency), the Office of Management and Budget encouraged employees to submit cost savings ideas.  As of the end of the 6-week long contest period, OMB said it had received 38,400 ideas.  They will spend a few weeks sorting through them and the “winner” will get to present his or her idea to the President s

Risky Business

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - 21:16
Recovery Act guidance from OMB requires agencies to identify the risk associated with each program and develop a plan of action to reduce such risks.  After all, if a program gets 3,100 %  increase in funding, like the home weatherization program did, there must be some risk involved!  Vice President Biden has said he would like to see the entire

The Insourcer's Apprentice

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - 15:31
 Jeff Liebman is the Obama Administration’s point person for its efforts to cut service contract spending by 7 percent – about $40 billion a year – in part by insourcing work that has been outsourced to conractors, according to Federal Times’  Elise Castelli.  Liebman is an executive associate director at the Office of Management and Budget.

New OMB Program Evaluation Guidance

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 - 15:25
The Office of Management and Budget released new guidelines to agencies to increase  their emphasis on conducting program evaluations.  According to the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe in his article, “OMB Wants More Data on Government’s Performance,” OMB’s Jeff Zients told him: “We’re working to create a system that’s actually used by senior decision-makers.”

Priorities and Principles for Performance

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - 19:50
Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients debuted before an audience of federal managers yesterday at the Excellence in Government Conference 2009, recapping what he has seen and learned during his “listening tour” of the government in his first 100 days in office.