Smart Streamlining

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 - 9:37
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:33
Austerity budgets are intimidating to face.  But done right, they can be a lever for needed innovations. Here are two reports that offer similar advice.  One is from an historical perspective; the other is based on ongoing austerity initiatives. Making Smart Cuts.  The Partnership for Public Service released a report with lessons from the 1990s budget cutting era. 

Government IT and September 11 – Recollections and Continuances

Monday, September 12th, 2011 - 12:08
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 12:47
This past week, millions of people here and around the world have remembered the tragedy of 9/11, the bravery shown by so many, and the ways that the world and our lives have changed since that day.  So many of us have stories of where they were, what they were doing and thinking, and what happened just before and just after.

OMB’s Recent CIO Memorandum: Clarifying and Reinforcing CIO Primary Responsibilities

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - 6:56
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 07:52
Earlier this month, OMB Director Jacob Lew released a memorandum for the heads of all Federal Departments and Agencies, which focused on four areas for which all Federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have authority and “a lead role”: Governance, Commodity IT, Program Management, and Information Security.  The Memorandum further reinforced responsibilities of the Federal CIO Council to manage the Federal IT portfolio across agency boundaries.

OMB Unveils Its Performance.Gov Website

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 - 8:28
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 09:23
The Bush website provided links to key management initiatives, such as the President’s Management Agenda Scorecard, a list and bios of top political appointees, and a set of agency examples of best practices. That site was called

Regulatory Reform: Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 - 9:23
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:17
Here’s one example of what the review found:

Advice to Chief Operating Officers: Connect the Dots!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 - 8:36
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 09:30
It is not clear if the Obama Administration is providing strategic advice to agencies on how to cope with the various management initiatives it has underway or is in the process of launching, but the newly-redesignated Chief Operating Officers in departments and key agencies should quickly see the connections among them, and leverage them to their advantage. 

Highlights of Senate GPRA Oversight Hearing

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - 8:58
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. 

Congress Overhauls Results Act, Wants Results

Friday, May 6th, 2011 - 15:05
Congress Overhauls Results Act, Wants Results  by John M. Kamensky My October 2010 column chronicled how Congress was updating the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act because the law had not resulted in “significant gains in the use of performance information for decision making,” according to the Government Accountability Office.  Well, Congress passed a set of fairly significant amendments requiring more than 150 changes in practice and President Obama signed the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 in early January.

OMB Guidance on Administrative Flexibility

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - 8:15
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 08:58
President Obama’s February 2011 directive, “Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs, and Better Results for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” instructed agencies to identify opportunities to streamline, reduce, or eliminate administrative requirements imposed on states and localities, and develop a plan of action in 180 days (August 26).  I summed it up in an earlier blog post.  OMB was to produce guidance t

Is It Time to Adopt Portfolio Budgeting?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - 9:11
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:07
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