Performance Management

 

Performance Management

Davenport: Make Better Decisions

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 - 18:09
Noted business author Tom Davenport has an article, “Make Better Decisions,” in the November issue of Harvard Business Review .  He describes the prevalence, in the business world, of what he calls “decision-making disorder,” but this also has real applicability to government.

New Senate Task Force on Performance

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - 14:55
The Senate Budget Committee has created a new Task Force on Government Performance, according to a press release issued this morning.  To be led by Senator Mark Warner, the task force “will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.”

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.
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