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Solidifying the Foundation for Performance Management

Monday, March 7th, 2016 - 11:28
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 10:22
In 2004, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report touting how, after a decade, the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 had “established a solid foundation for achieving greater results.”  That may have been the first time GAO was overly optimistic!

Using Performance Info to Make Decisions

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 - 8:43
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 08:36
The Government Accountability Office is mandated by law to track the progress of agencies’ implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010.  It’s summary highlights “mixed progress” but the report’s details show a great deal of progress.  The report covers a range of issues, summing up a series of related reports over the course of the past year.  But the core issue is:  are agencies using performance data to make decisions?

Conversation with Authors with Tom Stanton and Doug Webster

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - 15:08
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What is Enterprise Risk Management? How can federal agencies successfully implement ERM? What are some of the key challenges implementing ERM? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Doug Webster and Tom Stanton, authors of Improving Government Decision Making through Enterprise Risk Management.
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Mon, 02/01/2016
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What is Enterprise Risk Management? How can federal agencies successfully implement ERM? What are some of the key challenges implementing ERM? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Doug Webster and Tom Stanton, authors of Improving Government Decision Making through Enterprise Risk Management.

"What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - 9:45
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:42
Risk experts Doug Webster and Tom Stanton think not.  Writing in a new report for the IBM Center for The Business of Government, they observe: “The front pages of national newspapers constantly report on actions by private companies, federal leaders, or agencies that do not appear to have considered the risks associated with various decisions and actions.

Improving Government Decision Making through Enterprise Risk Management

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - 10:36
While historically, the federal government has tended to focus risk management in the financial arena, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently launched a major reassessment of the government’s approach—encouraging the use of Enterprise Risk Management.

Can IGs Successfully Walk a Tightrope?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - 14:14
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:07
By law, agency inspectors general are given a great deal of independence from pressures from both their agencies and Congress. But to be effective, they need to develop positive relationships with both.  Some are more effective than others.  What makes the difference?

Who Will Be the Next "Mayor of the Pentagon?"

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - 15:48
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:43
Years ago, career executive David O. “Doc” Cooke was informally called the “Mayor of the Pentagon.”  He was responsible for the internal administration and management of the Pentagon and had broad influence on its operations.  He like to remind people that he served every Secretary of Defense since the department was created in 1949.  While he died in 2002, the role he served has been expanded to focus on transforming the department’s thousands of business systems.

Next Steps in Moneyball Government

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - 18:03
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:55
In mid-November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an assessment of how well agencies use performance information in decision making, with a particular focus on program evaluations.  Around the same time, a study on evidence-based policymaking in the states was released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation; and a new book, Moneyball for Government, by Peter Orzag and Jim Nussle, was announced by the non-profit Results for America.  Finally, a bill was introduced in the House by Congressman Paul Ryan (R), with the support of Senator P

Magnifying the Voice of the Future

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 10:40
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:29
Dr. Boston, visiting the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, sums up some of his initial research on how the U.S. and several other democratic countries address long-term policy issues, in a recent presentation at American University.

Federal Program Inventory Deemed Useless

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - 15:24
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:20
Senator Coburn has long campaigned against the seeming incomprehensibility of the federal government’s many programs.  He sponsored two pieces of legislation in 2010 to address his concerns.