Weekly Wrap Up: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Eliminating Overlap

Friday, March 4th, 2011 - 20:57
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.

Chief Officer Central

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 - 11:34
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:26
Agencies facing increasingly challenging fiscal environments are looking for ways to make each dollar go further. The interagency councils for “chief officers” are no exception!  In fact, they found that a move toward cost efficiencies is also leading to greater collaboration. The interagency councils were created by Congress over the past 20 years to foster cross-agency coordination, collaboration and idea sharing. The councils formed under the aegis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  include:

Gumby Goes to the White House

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - 16:02
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:57
Over the years, presidents have directed agencies to streamline their administrative requirements and work together on behalf of citizens.  The last major effort was in the Clinton Administration, which met with mixed success.  President Obama has declared he will try again:  “I believe that working together, State, local, and tribal governments and Federal agencies can distinguish between rules and requi

Obama's FY 2012 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - 16:09
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 14:57
For the most part, the management section of the budget reflects a continued commitment to initiatives initially detailed in last year’s budget: “Building a government that works smarter, better, and more efficiently to deliver results for the American people is a cornerstone of the President’s Accountable Government Initiative and a key focus of this Administration.”

Assessing the Obama Administration's Performance Agenda

Monday, February 7th, 2011 - 12:30
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 11:31
The CRS report is relatively silent on the potential impact of the recently-signed GPRA Modernization Act on congressional involvement in setting government-wide priorities.  But it does a good job reprising the history of President Obama’s performance initiatives over the past two years, including:

Managing Innovation Prizes in Government

Monday, February 7th, 2011 - 12:25
The use of prizes and awards is a visible element of the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote innovation in government. For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has sponsored a competition among federal employees to find cost savings and the White House has created the “” website where federal agencies can pose problems in hopes of getting solutions from the public.  OMB issued guidance to encourage agencies to offer challenges and prizes, as well.  

The Innovation Agenda: Private Sector Action, Government Benefit

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - 14:12
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 13:05
President Obama has made private sector innovation a centerpiece of the Administration’s agenda for growth and job creation.  This is a subject that has broad support across the spectrum:  citizens, businesses and governments all look to commercial activity as an economic engine; new technologies play a key role in this pursuit.  The Nation’s Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, has been a very visible leader of this activity, with frequent and recent blogs through the White House and media web sites (

2011: Cyber Moves to the Action Phase

Monday, January 31st, 2011 - 12:23
Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:17
The cyber world was intensely active this year.  To wit:

Reorganize the Government?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - 11:16
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:12
And he’s right.  The last major reorganization was spawned by the 1949 Hoover Commission.  And Alan Dean, the last surviving staffer from that commission, died in December.

An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - 17:18
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 14:51
On his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, President Obama issued a call for increased openness in government.