Fixing the Rules of the Game

Monday, January 2nd, 2012 - 17:18
Monday, January 2, 2012 - 16:15
The Peterson-Pew Commission is comprised of pragmatic politicians and budget experts from both sides of the aisle, both sides of the Capitol, and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.  They didn’t set out to offer the usual radical solutions, such as constitutional amendments, removing entitlement spending, or combining the appropriations and authorization committees into a single process.  Those proposals have been offered before and have gone nowhere.

Recovering from the Recovery Act, Part 3

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 - 11:33
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:29
President Obama created the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GAT Board), headed by Earl Devaney, the chair of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board), to recommend ways to apply the successful lessons of how Recovery Act monies were overseen to all government spending.<

Round Up, December 12 - 16

Friday, December 16th, 2011 - 10:16
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 09:12
Okay, so we weren’t going to publish a Round Up this week since several of us are on vacation, but here are three stories I didn’t want to sit on since they are long and you might want to read them during leisure moments during your holiday vacation!

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.”

Mission-Focused Analytics

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 - 16:01
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 14:53
“It’s like peeling back an onion.  You cry a bit, then peel another layer and cry some more.”  That’s how Michelle Snyder, deputy chief operating officer of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), metaphorically describes the use of powerful data analytic tools.

Hitting the Bull’s Eye

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 - 11:22
As people from coast to coast think long and hard about the best performance measures to use, another crucial question often goes under the radar.  How do we know exactly where to set the targets, against which we’ll gauge the degree of success on a particular issue? And how can those targets help focus our attention on a strategic plan for progress?

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!):

The Three Hats of Mission Support Leaders

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - 11:00
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 09:56
And the question was raised none too soon – President Obama that morning issued an executive order, “Promoting Efficient Spending,” directing more cuts in administrative costs, on top of the $2.1 billion already ordered, according to Government Executive.

Agency Customer Service Plans

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - 11:32
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:27
The Executive Order gave agencies until the last week of October to provide their plans to the Office of Management and Budget, and last week the plans were delivered and posted on OMB’s governmentwide performance website.  As originally envisioned, the emphasis would be on the use of technology to improve customer service, and the agencies plans reflect that approach.

Recovering from the Recovery Act, Part 2

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 - 11:18
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 11:12
Last month, the IBM Center issued a report examining the implementation of the Recovery Act from a “bottom-up” perspective of several cities in the state of Virginia, and what insights they offered from their implementation experience.  Now, here’s a new report with a “top-down” perspective, authored by Ed DeSeve, who oversaw the implementation of the Recovery Act from Vice President Joe Biden’