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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
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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 “challenge.gov” 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.  

The Innovation Agenda: Private Sector Action, Government Benefit

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - 14:12
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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 13:05
President Obama has made private sector innovation a centerpiece of the Administration’s agenda for growth and job creation.  This is a subject that has broad support across the spectrum:  citizens, businesses and governments all look to commercial activity as an economic engine; new technologies play a key role in this pursuit.  The Nation’s Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, has been a very visible leader of this activity, with frequent and recent blogs through the White House and media web sites (

2011: Cyber Moves to the Action Phase

Monday, January 31st, 2011 - 12:23
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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:17
The cyber world was intensely active this year.  To wit:

Reorganize the Government?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - 11:16
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:12
And he’s right.  The last major reorganization was spawned by the 1949 Hoover Commission.  And Alan Dean, the last surviving staffer from that commission, died in December.

An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - 17:18
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 14:51
On his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, President Obama issued a call for increased openness in government.

Producing an effective program evaluation agenda

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - 18:00
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 16:48
In a freshly issued a report: “Program Evaluation: Experienced Agencies Follow a Similar Model for Prioritizing Research,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledges the Obama Administration’s effort to expand the availability and use of rigorous program evaluation.   Yet not too surprisingly, GAO believes “Few appear to conduct in-depth program evaluations regularly to assess their programs’ impact or inform policymakers on how to improve results”

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 8

Monday, January 17th, 2011 - 10:00
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 08:50
Other Implementation Provisions.  The new law contains a number of other implementation provisions worth highlighting: