Performance Management

 

Performance Management

OMB: A Change in Tone

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - 15:19
WFED’s Jason Miller reports that the Office of Management and Budget wants to change its stripes and “move away from command and control toward a focus on collaboration.”

Dealing with Poor Performers

Friday, October 16th, 2009 - 20:00
The issue of poor performers is a perennial topic.  This topic seems to continually top the list of issues the President’s Management Council – comprised of deputy secretaries – wants to address by streamlining the rules.  But a new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board concludes that it is not the rules, but the managers, who are the problem.

Risky Business

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - 21:16
Recovery Act guidance from OMB requires agencies to identify the risk associated with each program and develop a plan of action to reduce such risks.  After all, if a program gets 3,100 %  increase in funding, like the home weatherization program did, there must be some risk involved!  Vice President Biden has said he would like to see the entire

New OMB Program Evaluation Guidance

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 - 15:25
The Office of Management and Budget released new guidelines to agencies to increase  their emphasis on conducting program evaluations.  According to the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe in his article, “OMB Wants More Data on Government’s Performance,” OMB’s Jeff Zients told him: “We’re working to create a system that’s actually used by senior decision-makers.”

Priorities and Principles for Performance

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - 19:50
Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients debuted before an audience of federal managers yesterday at the Excellence in Government Conference 2009, recapping what he has seen and learned during his “listening tour” of the government in his first 100 days in office.

Designing and Managing Cross Sector Collaboration:A Case Study in Reducing Traffic Congestion

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - 17:27
Collaboration is a way of creating institutional change. As relationships are developed among government agencies and across sectors, existing organizationalstructures, processes, and norms are changed, and new practices are adopted. In this context, collaborative work can become a catalyst for transcending existing institutional structures and approaches.

Creating Telemedicine-Based Medical Networks for Rural and Frontier Areas

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - 9:38
To date, telemedicine has largely been seen as futuristic. Well, the future is here. Advances in sensor technology, wireless networks, mobile monitoring devices, and telecommunications have all made it possible to address the increasingly dire shortage of healthcare professionals in rural areas. There are approximately 60 million Americans living in rural or frontier areas, and the average age of physicians practicing in these areas is over 55 years. In fact, in over one-quarter of the counties in the United States, there are no practicing physicians.

Citizen Engagement: GSA Update

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 - 17:33
While there’s been little open discussion in recent days about the progress of President Obama’s Open Government Directive, the General Services Administration’s quarterly “Intergovernmental Solutions” newsletter has dedicated its latest issue to describing dozens of examples of how citizen engagement is increasing in government – federal, state, local, as well as other countries.  It is worth reading!

My Mission Statement

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 - 14:12
Happy New (Fiscal) Year 2010! Have you made your New Year's Resolution yet?  If not, here is an idea . . . When I was working for Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government in the 1990s, we were encouraged to craft personal mission statements. My personal mission statement for more than a decade has been to “help create a government that is results-oriented, performance-based, citizen-focused, and collaborative in nature.”
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