OMB Updates Performance.Gov: Some Q&As

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 - 12:20
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:02
Last week, OMB released a new and substantially improved website, with in-depth performance information on individual agency priority goals. This represents a significant step forward from the initial release in August 2011, which listed and described the goals, but did not provide much detail about them.  I had a chance to talk with some OMB staff about what’s new about the website, and take a quick browse through it. Here’s a summary of what I learned.

Performance Budgeting in the States: An Assessment

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 - 12:38
We examine the evolution and institution of performance budgeting across a decade featuring two economic downturns, including the Great Recession. We update the status of performance budgeting laws in state governments and then assess the relationship of performancebudgeting and state fiscal health. We talked with 27 public officials and managers from 10 state governments about their performance budgeting systems in addition to analyzing data on state budget laws and measures of state fiscal health.

Federal Government Reform Resources: Memos to National Leaders

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 - 12:05
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 10:58
If President Obama meets with Governor Romney to discuss ways to reform the operations of the federal government, here are some resources they have to draw upon. A number of think tanks have busily been preparing a series of white papers to spark the imaginations of those developing a reform agenda. These are not to be confused with agendas for new policies (such as climate change or immigration reform) or budget decisions, such as the pending fiscal debates.

Key Features of Cross-Agency Collaborative Mechanisms

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 - 14:20
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 14:15
GAO’s latest study on collaborative governance is based on an analysis of more than 300 past GAO reports covering issues such as homeland security, agriculture, and health, as well as a series of interviews with experts on the topic.

The Next Four Years: Managing Across Agencies – Building from Collaboration to a New Model

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 - 14:50
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 14:31
For most of the last century, when the public or Congress determines that there is a need for government activity in a certain area, the response has come in the form of a program that sits within an agency.  Funding is requested by Administrations within accounts dedicated to that program, which Congress then authorizes under Committees focused on that program.  Managers run their programs as a line operation, with staff (and often contractors) working within program authorities in a hierarchical structure.  Oversight processes -- from OMB to Congress to outside interest gro

The Next Four Years: Managing a Balancing Act

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 - 9:37
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 09:30
Background Twenty years ago, federal agencies typically did not have senior executives leading key mission support functions such as finance, technology, acquisition, or workforce.  Over those two decades, Congress created a series of “chief” positions, reflecting trends in the private sector – chief financial officers, chief information technology officers, chief acquisition officers, and chief human capital officers.  They recently added performance improvement officers but without the “chief” title.

OMB Guidance: What Is a Program?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - 14:13
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 14:09

OMB Guidance: Prepare to SOAR

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - 13:54
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 13:51
A provision buried in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 says:  “Each fiscal year, the Office of Management and Budget shall determine whether the agency programs or activities meet performance goals and objectives outlined in the agency performance plans and submit a report on unmet goals . . ” to the agency head, GAO, and various congressional committees (section 1116(f)).

A New Federal Performance Framework

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 - 9:03
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 09:01
Last week, the Office of Management and Budget released its annual technical guidance to agencies regarding how they should submit their budget proposals for fiscal year 2014 for OMB’s review this Fall.  It is referred to in budget circles as “OMB Circular A-11” and is nearly 800 pages in length.  It is typically a synthesis of existing guidance, executive orders, memoranda, etc., and is divided into a series of Parts.

NEW Spring/Summer 2012 - The Business of Government Magazine

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 - 23:29
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 21:26
Today’s conditions require government executives to go beyond simply doing more with less—to find smarter ways of doing business, using resources more efficiently, and investing them more wisely. The dramatic nature of this historical moment cannot be overstated. It is fully revealed by the depth of the vicissitudes being faced. How government leaders respond matters and the conditions require more than vague changes. It is to be understood that today’s actions affect future choices and lost opportunities result in ubiquitous costs.
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