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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
A Pipe Dream? 

GAO Outlines National Indicator System

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - 7:54
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 - 10:34
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 - 15:13
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 - 10:58
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 - 19:57
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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.
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