GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 3

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - 11:35
Monday, January 10, 2011 - 10:27
Agency Annual Performance Plans.  The Senate committee report notes:  “GPRA requires executive agencies to develop annual performance plans covering each program activity in the agencies’ budgets.” It continues, noting that the new law:

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 2

Friday, January 7th, 2011 - 9:50
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 08:36
Agency Strategic Plans.  According to the Senate committee report accompanying the new law:

Our Top 10 Most-Read Blog Posts in 2010!

Friday, December 31st, 2010 - 16:58
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 15:51
1.      Congress Hits Refresh Button on the Results Act (October 5, 2010) Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”

What We Know Now: Ensuring Success for the Government's Financial Systems

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 - 12:38
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:30
Improving the cost, quality, and performance of financial management operations and systems is one of the Obama’s administration’s top management priorities. While the financial management community has made significant progress over the years, it continues to face challenges in meeting some of the basic standards for accounting and reporting.

Redesigning Government: U.S. Virgin Islands Style

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - 21:32
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 20:26
I left DC at a chilly 25 degrees a couple days ago and arrived in a place with a temperature of 77 degrees with flowers, sunshine, and palm trees.  While only on the ground less than 48 hours, it was a treat!  I’d never been there before and found quickly that the islanders live in a hilly place, with narrow, windy roads and drive on the left (like the British).  And the streets don’t have names or addresses! Fortunately, I didn’t rent a car!

The Business of Government Magazine – The NEW Fall/Winter 2010 Edition

Monday, December 6th, 2010 - 23:52
Monday, December 6, 2010 - 21:39
The Center is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall/Winter 2010 The Business of Government

What We Know Now: A Look into Lessons Learned Implementing Federal Financial Systems Projects

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 - 16:16
While the financial management community has made significant progress over the years, it continues to face challenges in meeting some of the basic standards for accounting and reporting. Many agencies currently use outdated financial systems that do not support their efforts to improve financial performance and accountability. Efforts made to improve financial systems through upgrades or replacement of current financial systems must be undertaken with planning and care.

Introduction: Driving Performance— Strategies for More Effective Government

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 - 14:43
Change seems to come upon us faster, is more complex in its nature, and is a great deal more uncertain in its effects. Within this constant of change, the demands of government continue to grow, even as appetites for major, longer term investments lessen, especially when returns are unclear or unpredictable. With increased demand for services, constrained budgets, and growing deficits, governments are feeling the pressure to do more and better sooner, with less. Complicating matters, President Obama is demanding transparency and accountability across government functions.

Buying IT: Shorter is Better, But With the Right Checks

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 - 12:55
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 11:47
As previously blogged in this space, one of the most prominent of these studies came from the TechAmerica Foundation, entitled “Government Technology Opportunity in the 21st Century.”  A key commission recommendation is to expand the use of rapid, smaller steps to increase the agility in acquisition and program execution.  This helps make IT results earlier and more efficient.  It also helps identify and manage risk throughout the lifecycle of an IT project.  This can help make IT more effective.

Performance, Leadership, and Telework: Weekly Recap

Thursday, November 4th, 2010 - 16:04
Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 16:00
My earlier post this week discussed the difference between transparency and clarity.  It also used an example that was applicable to a broad spectrum of commercial and government challenges – getting the right information to the right people so they can make decisions effectively and lead with clarity.  I consider this to be a key component of enabling leaders to lead.
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