Should Government Reorganize Itself? (Part I)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 - 11:35
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 11:29
The Senate hearing focused on recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports on duplicative and fragmented programs and the Obama Administration’s efforts to undertake reorganization efforts. 

Agency Priority Goals: Playing Hide and Seek

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 - 11:06
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 09:56
According to OMB:  “Twenty-four major Federal agencies have . . .identified a limited number of two-year Agency Priority Goals in the FY2013 budget, aligned with their strategic goals and objectives. Agency Priority Goals target areas where agency leaders want to achieve near-term performance acceleration through focused senior leadership attention. The Administration has also adopted a limited number of Cross-Agency Priority Goals to improve cross-agency coordination and best practice sharing.”

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 - 12:35
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:31
CAP GOALS FOR MISSION-SUPPORT FUNCTIONS: CAP Goal 8:  Cybersecurity.  Increase federal information system cybersecurity.By 2014, achieve 95 percent utilization of critical administration cybersecurity capabilities on federal information systems, including strong authentication, Trusted Internet Connections (TIC), and Continuous Monitoring. Goal Leader:  Howard A. Schmidt, U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 - 12:54
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:48
OMB identified 14 CAP Goals.  Seven focus on mission-related functions.  Seven focus on mission-support.  All reflect existing initiatives but now have a higher profile.

Analytics: Cutting Cost and Saving Money Through Analytics Part II of II

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 - 15:51
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:07
In our last post, we focused some more of the presidential directives and how departments and agencies can save money through the use of analytics. We also introduced one of the two advanced analytics methods. Today we will wrap up discussion on the final two advanced analytics methods: continuous monitoring technology and predictive modeling Continuous monitoring technology

Analytics: Cutting Cost and Saving Money Through Analytics Part I of II

Friday, January 20th, 2012 - 12:33
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 14:26
Last week, we discussed the current strategy of the federal government (Part I and Part II) and the important role analytics can play in providing agency leaders improved data to make informed decisions for an organization, while reducing costs.

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.”