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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.
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Mon, 11/27/2017
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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 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.

Managing Risk, Improving Results: Lessons for Improving Government Management from GAO’s High Risk List

Monday, May 16th, 2016 - 9:25
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That list has grown from 14 programs in 1990 to 32 by 2015, when it was last updated.  These programs range from Medicare benefits to food safety oversight. Dr. Kettl, one of the nation’s most insightful observers of government operations, stepped back to review what changes in the high-risk list mean over time.  He explored:

Weekly Roundup May 6, 2016

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 - 1:39
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 00:41

Weekly Roundup: Week of April 25-29, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016 - 16:43
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:38
John Kamensky

Weekly Roundup: April 4 - 8, 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016 - 10:03
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 09:59
John Kamensky