GAO Outlines National Indicator System

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - 8:54
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 08:37
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) surveyed the state of the art in developing and using comprehensive indicator systems in its 2004 report, “Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress.”  That report sparked an initiative by the National Academies of Science, with the support of several non-profit foundations, to explore the feasibility of developing a national indicator system.  This led to the creation of a non-profit, State of the

Creating "Virtual Agencies"

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 - 11:34
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:13
We had no idea what he was talking about when he was describing the Virtual Department of Mary Washington (one of his constituents when he was the senator from Tennessee).  But he was just ahead of his time (and clearly ahead of where the federal government was in the early 1990s).  Since then, several countries have tried to create virtual agencies, most notably Canada, Australia, and Belgium.

Where Is Waldo?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 - 16:13
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 16:08
Newcomer’s insight at the Brookings Institution forum on improving government performance was reinforced by OMB deputy director Jeff Zients’ keynote address – where he discussed his new responsibility to lead the effort to reorganize government functions.  He did not address the performance agenda. So Where Is Waldo?

GPRA Mod: Flurry of Activities

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 - 11:58
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:34
In the past month, I’ve participated in more than a half dozen forums related to the new law, and gotten feedback from colleagues about the forums that I just wasn’t able to make in person.

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.