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.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part I)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 - 11:35
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 11:29
The Senate hearing focused on recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports on duplicative and fragmented programs and the Obama Administration’s efforts to undertake reorganization efforts. 

Congressional Oversight of Performance

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 - 11:44
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:39
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a set of briefing slides, “Managing for Results:  Opportunities for Congress to Address Government Performance Issues,” which it is using to bring Members of Congress and their staffs up to speed on  the government’s “performance management framework” and how they can use performance information gleaned from agencies to “address challenges facing the federal government.”

A Thousand Cuts

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 - 13:45
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 12:41
President Obama’s Campaign to Cut Waste was launched in June 2011, but it started earlier than that.  It was presaged in his 2011 State of the Union address, when he said the government needed to be reorganized.  While that hasn’t happened yet, there are a number of initiatives federal managers have been inundated with to develop plans and implement. . . . A thousand cuts begin with directives, memos, and orders, so here’s a list from the past year (there are more that go back further!):

Getting Government to Use Performance Data

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - 9:57
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 09:48
Will the third time be a charm?  Moynihan and Lavertu dig behind the data to find out why the first and second efforts to embed the use of performance information into the government faltered, and offer hints as to whether the most recent effort – the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 -- will do any better. Background
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