A New Federal Performance Framework

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 - 9:03
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 09:01
Last week, the Office of Management and Budget released its annual technical guidance to agencies regarding how they should submit their budget proposals for fiscal year 2014 for OMB’s review this Fall.  It is referred to in budget circles as “OMB Circular A-11” and is nearly 800 pages in length.  It is typically a synthesis of existing guidance, executive orders, memoranda, etc., and is divided into a series of Parts.

Using Consultations to Make Informed Decisions

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 - 11:35
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:31
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) works for Congress and is a big proponent of performance-informed decision making.  So they’ve written a practical report on how Congress can effectively use performance information produced by federal agencies to make better decisions.  And they’ve illustrated the report with three examples of where congressional committees, over a period of years, used performance information to guide key decisions in diverse areas such as immigration, HIV/AIDs, and improper payments.

Standing Above the Rest

Friday, June 29th, 2012 - 11:22
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:20
I’ve worked with Jonathan directly or indirectly over the past 30 years.  His retirement is a good inflection point from which to look back at what he has contributed during the course of his career of public service as well as his role as executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government.

Jonathan Breul to Retire as Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government

Friday, June 8th, 2012 - 13:30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Whitney ForsterIBM Media Relations(202) Jonathan Breul to Retire as Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government Dan Chenok Appointed as Successor
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Recovering from the Recovery Act: Part 4

Monday, June 4th, 2012 - 16:51
While there are debates as to whether the Recovery Act saved the economy or not, the one thing that has not been in the headlines was the way federal agency leaders implemented more than 200 programs that were used to distribute the money. 

Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Program Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act

Friday, June 1st, 2012 - 11:44
Historically, spending under stimulus legislation tended to peak after a recession was over, oftentimes creating inflation instead of jobs. To avoid this, the Recovery Act man­dated tight timeframes, with 70 percent of the money required to be spent within 17 months to generate jobs. There was significant concern that this rapid spending might result in an estimated $50 billion in waste, fraud, or abuse. Accordingly, there were stringent transparency and accountability requirements embedded in the law.

Reform of the Federal IT Budget - Increasing Strategy, Decreasing Complexity

Monday, May 28th, 2012 - 17:32
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Right now, those three years are FY2012 (the budget for which spending is currently happening); FY2013 (the year beginning this October 1, now under consideration by Congress regarding the president’s budget request); and FY2014 (the budget year agencies begin to plan for in the spring, submit to OMB in September, and carry out the request that ultimately emerges from the president in February). Then the three-year cycle begins anew.

Using Evidence and Evaluation to Govern

Monday, May 21st, 2012 - 15:46
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 15:39
The Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance to agencies encouraging them to use program evaluation and evidence-based decisions when developing their budgets for FY 2014.  This commitment continues a trend begun in 2009 when President Obama took office.  But in similar memos in the past, the commitment was demonstrated by offering agencies more money if they undertook evaluations.  For example,

Customer Service Bill Is Resurrected

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 - 14:36
Following the customer service initiatives launched by Gore’s reinventing government team in the 1990s, the federal government has waxed and waned on the importance of customer service in the course of serving the public.  Now that citizen satisfaction with government services is under 20 percent, a new law may turbo charge the emphasis if it is passed, since it would tie customer service to employees’ performance ratings. Background

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.
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