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A Conversation with J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - 11:07
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Governments today face serious public management challenges that go to the core of effective governance and leadership, testing the very form, structure, and capacity required to meet these challenges head on. These challenges run the gamut—national security, the aging population, mounting fiscal pressures, and a host of others. Given these challenges, government leaders need to reassess and reprioritizehow they do business. For these leaders it is ultimately about delivering meaningful results and being solid stewards of the public trust.

Agencies Set New Priority Goals

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - 14:15
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:08
The 2010 revision of the Government Performance and Results Act requires federal agencies to identify a limited number of two-year Agency Priority Goals.  These action-oriented goals appear in their recently-released fiscal year 2015 budget proposals and are aligned with their newly released strategic goals and objectives.

Weekly Round-up: April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014 - 9:07
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:53
John Kamensky

Performance Budgeting: Lessons from the States

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - 11:15
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:10
New research findings by a team led Dr. Daniel Mullins at American University examine recent state-level trends in the use of performance budgeting or “budgeting for results” approaches. This research, presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration, offers some insights for any future federal performance budgeting initiative.

Promising Practices for Interagency Collaboration

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - 23:02
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 21:58
On occasions, the Government Accountability Office breaks the mold for its reports and looks for things that worked well and then tries to identify why, and then highlights those factors.  A new report examines four successful cross-agency collaborative initiatives that overcome program overlaps, and identifies four sets of promising practices that they use in order to be effective.  

Chris Mihm

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 - 14:31
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What are the fiscal, management, and performance challenges facing government executives? What is the goal of GAO's High Risk List and what are some of the key “high risk” areas? How can audit agencies change the way they do business to properly respond to 21st century governance challenges? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Chris Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office.
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Mon, 05/05/2014
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What are the fiscal, management, and performance challenges facing government executives? What is the goal of GAO's High Risk List and what are some of the key “high risk” areas? How can audit agencies change the way they do business to properly respond to 21st century governance challenges? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Chris Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office.

Half Empty or Half Full?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - 11:39
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:31
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is required by law to periodically report on the executive branch’s progress in implementing the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010.  It issued its first “capping” report at the end of June, summing up a series of recent GAO reports on various aspects of the new law.  The report also delivers the results of a new

Four Evidence-Based Initiatives in the Federal Government

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 - 15:08
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 14:58
Within OMB, there is an active effort to catalyze agencies to develop and undertake a series of evidence and evaluation initiatives in ways that they can learn from each other and so they can quickly leverage promising practices.

Creating an Evidence-Based Government

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 - 14:00
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 13:52
This trend is the heart of what is being called “evidence-based government” and there are initiatives both inside and outside the federal government to use evidence and program evaluation to reframe budget debates in ways that reflect the value being created, not just the dollars being spent.

The Physics of Federal Programs

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 - 11:15
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:11
Defining Federal Programs Isn’t Simple There is more than one way to define what constitutes a federal “program,” and it is not unlike trying to define molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles.
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