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Why Isn't Performance Information Being Used?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - 16:46
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 16:38
The initial premise twenty years ago was that if performance information was made readily available, it would be used by agency decision-makers.  That turned out to not be true.  Background.  A recent GAO study conclude that the “use of performance information has not changed significantly” in surveys of federal managers between 2007 and 2013.  More specifically:

Creating Risk-Responsive Frameworks

Monday, September 15th, 2014 - 16:35
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:32
Other federal agencies also face a wide range of risks.  Some are external, others are internal.  Some are financial (such as having to deal with managing under Sequester or the market impact on external investments in pension funds, which could affect federal pension guarantees).  Some are operational, such as those faced by FERC, or cybersecurity threats, or even insider threats.  And some are reputational, such as the recent accusations of Patent Office telework abuse, or the General Services Administration’s lavish conferences scandal.

Weekly Round-up: September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - 10:50
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:58
 John Kamensky OMB Updates Performance.gov.  OMB posted third quarter performance progress updates for cross-agency and agency-specific priority goals on performance.gov.  In an accompanying blog post, OMB director Shawn Donovan highlights some specific accomplishments.

The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - 11:32
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:27
Since 2001, Dr. Behn has visited dozens of governmental organizations that are using the PerformanceStat model – some well, and some poorly.  His bold objective was to answer the research question of whether PerformanceStat really makes a difference in improving performance, and how it works.  In short, his answer is:  it depends, and it’s complicated.

John W. Lainhart

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 - 13:55
Mr. Lainhart is our Cybersecurity Fellow Emeritus and previously was the IBM Global Business Services (GBS) US Public Sector Cybersecurity & Privacy Service Area Leader.  He is the Co-chair of the US National Association of Counties (NACo) Cyber Security Task Force. He also served as Co-chair of the COBIT 5 Task Force and Principal Volunteer Advisor for IT Governance, COBIT, ValIT and RiskIT related initiatives. Mr. Lainhart is recognized as the “father” of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) program.

Goal Leaders: An Innovation That Works

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 16:57
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:52
Background.  Early in the Obama Administration, OMB announced an initiative to create a small handful of High Priority Performance Goals in each agency, as a replacement for the Bush Administration’s

Assessing Trust in Cross-Agency Networks

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - 13:45
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:40
Increasingly, addressing public management challenges requires the use of collaborative networks across a range of agencies and non-governmental organizations. For example, the Obama Administration has designated a series of projects as “cross agency priority goals” and put networks in place to manage them. A lot of literature and practical experience show that a key element of success in any collaborative effort is the ability to create and sustain trust among stakeholders.

New: Progress Reports on Agency Priority Goals

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - 9:56
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:53
The Obama Administration in 2009 directed agencies to identify a small handful of priorities that they would commit to achieving in a two-year timeframe.  This initiative was embedded into the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010.  Agencies are required to identify priority goals and report on their progress quarterly.  In late June, agency progress reports were posted on the governmentwide performance.gov website.

Are We There Yet? Progress on CAP Goals

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - 15:02
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 14:56
 These four-year goals were first announced with the release of the FY 2015 budget back in March. Cobert’s announcement accompanies the first round of statutorily-required quarterly reports on the progress of the 15 Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goals. 

Leadership in Action - The Business of Government Magazine Spring 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - 21:13
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 20:07
In meeting varied missions, government executives confront significant challenges. Responding properly to them must be guided and informed by the harsh fiscal and budgetary realities of the day. It can no longer be simply a wishful platitude that government do more with less. Leaders need to change the way government does business to make smarter use of increasingly limited resources—leveraging technology and innovation to be more efficient, effective, anticipatory, adaptive, and evidence-based in delivering missions and securing the public trust.