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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

Highlights of Senate GPRA Oversight Hearing

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - 9:58
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 09:53
What sparked his imagination?  Here’s a link to the hearing record. Lead off witnesses included Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients and Comptroller General Gene Dodaro (who Carper jokingly referred to as Zients’ “wingman”).  Here are some testimony highlights from Zients: Executive Branch Implementation Steps To Date. 

Is It Time to Adopt Portfolio Budgeting?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - 10:11
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:07
A Pipe Dream? 

GAO Outlines National Indicator System

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - 8:54
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 08:37
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) surveyed the state of the art in developing and using comprehensive indicator systems in its 2004 report, “Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress.”  That report sparked an initiative by the National Academies of Science, with the support of several non-profit foundations, to explore the feasibility of developing a national indicator system.  This led to the creation of a non-profit, State of the

Weekly Wrap Up: Consolidation, the Cloud and Implementing GPRA

Friday, March 18th, 2011 - 14:03
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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 13:59
On Consolidation and the Cloud: Last week, Ravi Bansal wrapped up his description of the Five E’s of IT Consolidation with a discussion of exposure and execution.  The exposure post connects COOP efforts to the consolidation approach; CIOs can manage risk to the mission of their o

Weekly Wrap Up: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Eliminating Overlap

Friday, March 4th, 2011 - 20:57
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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 19:53
This week, Ravi Bansal, an IBM project executive and strategist on cloud computing and smarter government initiatives, shared his views on the 5E Framework for IT Consolidation: efficiency and effectiveness.

Producing an effective program evaluation agenda

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - 18:00
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 16:48
In a freshly issued a report: “Program Evaluation: Experienced Agencies Follow a Similar Model for Prioritizing Research,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledges the Obama Administration’s effort to expand the availability and use of rigorous program evaluation.   Yet not too surprisingly, GAO believes “Few appear to conduct in-depth program evaluations regularly to assess their programs’ impact or inform policymakers on how to improve results”