Strengthening Control and Integrity: A Checklist for Government Managers

Monday, April 5th, 2010 - 13:32
With the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and the extensive reporting requirements stemming from this new legislation, government managers are faced with even greater demands for fiscal accountability and transparency. Maintaining financial integrity over agency data is especially important given the amount of information the public can now access through websites such as and Because of such public scrutiny, government managers must be even more vigilant in ensuring the soundness and quality of their data.

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.

Data-Driven Performance: The Hearing

Friday, December 11th, 2009 - 15:30
Senator Mark Warner chaired another hearing of his Taskforce on Government Performance, on “Data-Driven Performance:  Using Technology to Deliver Results.” The Obama Administration’s chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, testified.  Here are some interesting excerpts from his statement:

The "New" Transparency

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - 13:46
A couple weeks ago, I attended the Mercatus Center’s 10th annual ceremony releasing their assessment of how transparent agencies were in reporting their performance via their annually-required performance report under the Government Performance and Results Act. It made me think about how far the whole transparency movement has come.

What Does a 21st Century Government Look Like?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 - 14:28
Senator Obama says we need to move from a 20th century government to a 21st century government.  Like Senator McCain, he is calling for a program-by-program review of the existing government.  But neither of them paint a picture of what a 21st century government might look like.