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Climate Change Is Now a High Risk

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 - 15:42
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 14:38
Typically, we think of the GAO focusing on territory familiar to auditors, which is what most of the high risk list does:  managing federal real property, DOD supply chain management, NASA acquisitions management, modernizing federal disability programs.  But now it has added a politically-charged topic to its list, but has taken the middle of the road on the topic.

The Operator's Manual - An Update of Chapter 8: Collaboration

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 - 17:04
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 15:50
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Collaboration Fostering collaboration will be a key component of your job. The need for improved and enhanced collaboration within and between agencies in the federal government, with state and local governments, as well as with nonprofits and businesses, is now clearly needed. The federal government’s ineffective collaboration with other government organizations was clearly apparent and widely criticized during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Federal Performance System: Look Back to Look Forward

Monday, December 24th, 2012 - 11:36
Monday, December 24, 2012 - 10:26
The forum participants comprised a range of stakeholders in the federal performance and results management system:  agency performance improvement officers, strategic planners, program evaluation leaders, and priority goal leaders.  In addition, there were participants from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Federal agencies, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Research Service, academia, state and local government, unions, and non-profits – all of whom play a role in improving government performance.

Federal Government Reform Resources: GAO’s List

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 - 12:37
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:28
Three years ago, GAO was required by law to annually publish a report detailing duplicative, overlapping, and fragmented federal programs.  It will be issuing its third report in early 2013. But it is preparing its list now for potential government reorganizers.

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 - 11:31
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:11
I’ve been asked to participate as a “practitioner” on a discussion panel at the upcoming conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)  It is a high-powered conference of top academics from around the U.S.

Key Features of Cross-Agency Collaborative Mechanisms

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 - 14:20
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 14:15
GAO’s latest study on collaborative governance is based on an analysis of more than 300 past GAO reports covering issues such as homeland security, agriculture, and health, as well as a series of interviews with experts on the topic.

Using Consultations to Make Informed Decisions

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 - 11:35
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:31
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) works for Congress and is a big proponent of performance-informed decision making.  So they’ve written a practical report on how Congress can effectively use performance information produced by federal agencies to make better decisions.  And they’ve illustrated the report with three examples of where congressional committees, over a period of years, used performance information to guide key decisions in diverse areas such as immigration, HIV/AIDs, and improper payments.

How Can Bid Protests be Reduced in Government Contracting?

Monday, June 11th, 2012 - 14:08
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Monday, June 11, 2012 - 13:57
Government administrative processes often receive criticism for focusing on inputs and not outcomes.  A specific example of this criticism has been registered by members of the acquisition com­munity regarding source selection processes used for contracting that could be improved to reduce bid protests, the appellate pro­cess for contracting.  Protests do not occur frequently, but when they do occur the costs are significant—and when sustained, they can impact the process for many subsequent contracts.  Bid pro­tests and source selection processes cont

Improving Government Contracting: Lessons from Bid Protests of Department of Defense Source Selections

Friday, June 8th, 2012 - 14:32
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Government administrative processes often receive criticism for focusing on inputs and not outcomes. A specific example of this criticism has been registered by members of the acquisition community regarding source selection processes used for contracting that could be improved to reduce bid protests, the appellate process for contracting. Protests do not occur frequently, but when they do occur the costs are significant—and when sustained, they can impact the process for many subsequent contracts.

Reorganizing Management Functions: A Manager's Checklist

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 - 17:11
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 17:05
Sometimes GAO does terrific work but couches it in ways that its value may not be immediately obvious to busy readers.  Here’s a very practical report that looks at eight recent consolidation efforts undertaken by federal agencies and identifies five sets of questions that managers should be able to answer if they find themselves in charge of an initiative to consolidate infrastructure or management functions.  Since these kinds of reorganization efforts will likely be more common in coming years as agencies look for strategie