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Weekly Roundup: April 24-28, 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 - 15:45
IT Modernization Bill Re-Introduced.  NextGov reports: “Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, plans to introduce legislation today designed to help federal agencies update their aging technology—and this time, it has White House backing. . . .

Dr. Timothy Persons

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 - 13:28
Phrase: 
What are the key strategic priorities for GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering? What are technology readiness assessments? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with our very special guest, Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, GAO
Radio show date: 
Mon, 04/24/2017
Intro text: 
What are the key strategic priorities for GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering? What are technology readiness assessments? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with our very special guest, Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Digging Out of a Digital Stone Age

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 - 11:17
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:10
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).”  In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”

Weekly Roundup: February 20-24, 2017

Friday, February 24th, 2017 - 16:15
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:09
Regulation Elimination SWAT Teams.  Government Executive reports: “President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification.”

Weekly Roundup: February 13 - 17, 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017 - 9:29
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 08:26
John Kamensky

Is Performance Budgeting an Unnatural Act?

Monday, August 15th, 2016 - 11:11
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:07
  A couple of recent pieces of research may provide some insight-- and caution -- in attempts to implement performance budgeting.  The first piece looks at challenges raised internally within agencies by professional tensions between finance, performance, and budget personnel in cities in North Carolina, and the second piece looks at the perspectives of local elected officials in Denmark.      

How to "Mind the Gap"

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 - 13:45
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 13:41
I’ll never forget an incident early in my career, working in the Texas legislature, when a pair of academics testified on their statistical analysis for improving the funding distribution for school bus grants to school districts across the state.  They used regression analyses to demonstrate a more efficient and fairer way to allocate the aid.  But the state legislator was enraged – he asked how he was supposed to explain “this statistical mumbo-jumbo” (actually, his language was more colorful) to parents in his school district when they complained about why their kids couldn’t r

Conversation with Authors: Dr. Don Kettl

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - 10:24
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What can government executives learn from the GAO’s high-risk list? What have agencies done over the years to get their programs off the list? How can programs stay off the list in the first place? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Don Kettl, author of the IBM Center report, Managing Risk, Improving Results: Lessons for Improving Government Management from GAO’s High-Risk List.
Radio show date: 
Mon, 05/01/2017
Guest: 
Intro text: 
What can government executives learn from the GAO’s high-risk list?What have agencies done over the years to get their programs off the list? How can program stay off the list in the first place? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Don Kettl, author of the IBM Center report, Managing Risk, Improving Results: Lessons for Improving Government Management from GAO’s High-Risk List.

Are the Performance Pieces Finally Falling Into Place?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 - 10:11
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:06
Back in 1993, reformers thought that if agencies developed strategic plans, operating plans, and measures of progress, that decision makers would use the resulting information to manage better.  That didn’t work.  In 2001, the Bush Administration thought that if a scorecard of more discrete performance information at the program level was created, that decision makers would use it to manage better.  That didn’t work either.  In fact, a recent article in Public Administration Review by

The Secrets to Getting Off the GAO High Risk List

Monday, May 16th, 2016 - 11:12
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:06
Lessons summarized in a new IBM Center report by Dr.