IRMCO 2010

Monday, April 12th, 2010 - 16:31
This week the General Services Administration (GSA) is hosting its 49th annual Interagency Resources Management Conference.    An estimated 300 Chief Acquisition Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Human Capital Officers, Inspectors General, program managers and other senior executive leaders are attending.

Katherine C. Naff

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:50
Katherine C. Naff is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at San Francisco State University and Senior Evaluation Coordinator for the University’s Public Research Institute. Among the courses she teaches are Research Methods, Human Resource Management, Program Evaluation, and Diversity Issues in Public Administration.

Sandra L. Fisher

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:49
Sandra L. Fisher has been studying, consulting on, and teaching about issues related to human resource management and organizational performance for over 15 years. After spending five years as a consultant in Arlington, Virginia, she is now an Associate Professor at the Clarkson University School of Business in Potsdam, New York, where she teaches courses in human resource management, innovation, organizational change, and organizational behavior.

Framing a Public Management Research Agenda

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 - 17:04
The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration’s themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda. Participants included nearly 50 of the nation’s top public management researchers, scholars, and distinguished practitioners.  The forum was an effort to help bridge the gap between research and practice, and to collectively develop a research agenda that would help government executives move things forward.

Obama's FY 2011 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 18:23
Most of the news media focused on the size of the budget and which agencies gained or lost.  However, the budget also included an overview of the Obama Administration’s management initiatives, as well. The overall emphasis of these initiatives is on achieving defined mission-oriented results.  It de-emphasizes (but still addresses) improvements to mission-support functions and the reporting of performance information.

"Performance" in the FY 2011 Budget

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 15:19
Given what we have learned from experience and careful research, the performance management approach the Obama Administration lays out in the Analytic Perspectives section of the FY 2011 budget is very promising and represents a more aggressive, more coherent, and more comprehensive approach than that of past Administrations.

Performance Reporting: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Friday, December 18th, 2009 - 23:15

Happy Birthday GPRA

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 - 15:41
The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) was enacted in 1993 to bring about a greater focus on results in the federal government.  GPRA's requirements have built a strong foundation for results-oriented performance planning, measurement, and reporting.

FY 2009 Financial and Performance Reports

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 - 15:32
If a tree falls in a forest, did it make a sound? The November 15th release of federal department and agency annual performance and accountability reports went largely un-noticed.  Not a mention in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post (even its Federal Page).

Fiscal Sanity: Lessons from Around the World

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - 15:06
I attended the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Senior Budget Officials December 1-2 performance and results network meeting on measuring and evaluating countries' stimulus programs.    The countries making presentations at this meeting were: Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and United Kingdom. I was struck by several things. First, countries have undertaken a surprisingly wide variety of stimulus programs.