Re-Thinking the CFO Act

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 - 16:15
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 15:11
I originally had my doubts about the statutory provision in the stimulus bill that created something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.  I was concerned that it was going to be a huge “gotcha” machine.  But it looks like its chairman, Earl Devaney, has created the foundation for modernizing the CFO Act of 1990 in the way he created a website tracking Recovery Act spending,

Improving Customer Service

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 - 9:24
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 08:20
In the 1990s, the Clinton-Gore Reinventing Government effort thought the answer was “yes.”  President Clinton issued a customer service executive order in 1993 followed up in 1995 with a memo to institutionalize the initiative.

Is Open Gov 1950 Stymieing Open Gov 2010?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - 13:23
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:08
The Federal Records Act of 1950 creates a framework to manage agency records.  It puts the National Archives and Records Administration in charge of oversight of the system and NARA determines the historical value of federal records and operates Federal Records Centers around the country.

The New Age of Austerity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 - 16:56
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 16:21
A new website, called “The U.S. Debt Clock” shows the different contributing factors to the rising federal deficit.

Congress Hits "Refresh" Button on Results Act

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 - 15:01
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 14:56
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”

The "ARRA Displacement" Phenomenon

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 - 7:59
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 16:20
Remember high school science? Remember Archimedes? As the story goes, about 2,250 years ago, he noticed that the water in his bath rose higher in the tub when he submerged his body. We're pretty sure he wasn't the first to notice this (otherwise those ancient Greeks spent a heck of a lot of time mopping up water from the floor). But Archimedes took the observation a step further, and started talking about "displacement," and its value for measuring an object's volume.

Low-Income Housing: Tackling the Job Count

Monday, September 27th, 2010 - 6:47
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 13:09

Interagency Collaboration Practices

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 - 9:41
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 09:34
One of the better Open Gov plans for collaboration is the one by the Department of Agriculture.  It sets out four goals: (1) create an environment that fosters partnerships in program and service delivery; (2) seek out innovative ideas; (3) create incentives to collaborate; and (4) use technology to supp

GAO: Challenges of Using Web 2.0 in Government

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - 17:22
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 17:17
In its testimony, GAO found that 22 of the 24 major federal agencies have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. “However, agency use of these technologies also may present risks associated with properly managing and protecting government records and sensitive information, including personally identifiable information.”  Key challenges include:   Privacy and Security Challenges Determining how the Privacy Act of 1974 applies

Telling the Story

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - 5:54
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 17:50
Reporting requirements for the Recovery Act have been ballyhooed as setting new standards for government transparency. About a year ago, Vice President Joseph Biden introduced a now familiar feature: interactive maps which show the way stimulus dollars move to states, grantees, contractors, etc. The vice president proclaimed, "Unprecedented transparency has been one of the hallmarks of our implementation of the Recovery Act.