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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

Use Technology to Enhance Productivity

Friday, May 25th, 2012 - 17:49
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This is because government now has thousands of mission systems using legacy architecture, each built for a single purpose to support the needs of a single program or agency. Common standards, common definitions of like data, or enterprise approaches are rarely used in the federal government. Government does not often leverage IT to make things simpler, generate economies of scale, or increase collaboration. Over the last 20 years, mission systems have become more customized and focused on single programs or needs, making government information systems at once more siloed and complex.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part VI)

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - 11:19
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:12
Typically, the cultural, administrative, and legal barriers to working together collaboratively inside the federal government are too high and they discourage efforts to collaborate (more on this in a future post).  The Obama Administration has taken some steps, such as the president’s directive last year that encourages administrative flexibility by federal agencies when working with state and local governments.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part V)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 10:24
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:21
Structural reorganization initiatives – like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security -- are slow, take an enormous amount of effort, and require years to become effective.  Ultimately, the new structure becomes rigid and needs to be revisited.  Many observers advocate creating more adaptable approaches that allow a mix and match of capabilities.  What are some potential options for doing this? Executive Branch Options

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part IV)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - 16:57
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 16:51
When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early 1990s, he encouraged it to not focus on reorganizing agencies and programs, but rather to fix what’s inside the agencies.  He also advocated the creation of “virtual agencies.”  At the time, no one really understood what he was talking about, but today – with the technologies now available – it is really possible.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part III)

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 - 14:41
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:32
At one point, the advice was:  don’t do it head-on. . . .

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part II)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 - 11:08
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:03
What Is Presidential Reorganization Authority? Beginning in 1932, presidents were periodically granted authority by Congress to submit plans to reorganize agencies.  Over time, it became increasingly limited in scope and when this authority expired in 1984, presidents since then have not asked for it to be renewed, until now.
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