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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.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part V)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 10:24
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:21
Structural reorganization initiatives – like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security -- are slow, take an enormous amount of effort, and require years to become effective.  Ultimately, the new structure becomes rigid and needs to be revisited.  Many observers advocate creating more adaptable approaches that allow a mix and match of capabilities.  What are some potential options for doing this? Executive Branch Options

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part IV)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - 16:57
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 16:51
When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early 1990s, he encouraged it to not focus on reorganizing agencies and programs, but rather to fix what’s inside the agencies.  He also advocated the creation of “virtual agencies.”  At the time, no one really understood what he was talking about, but today – with the technologies now available – it is really possible.

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part III)

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 - 14:41
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:32
At one point, the advice was:  don’t do it head-on. . . .

Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part II)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 - 11:08
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:03
What Is Presidential Reorganization Authority? Beginning in 1932, presidents were periodically granted authority by Congress to submit plans to reorganize agencies.  Over time, it became increasingly limited in scope and when this authority expired in 1984, presidents since then have not asked for it to be renewed, until now.
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