Weekly Roundup September 18, 2015

CIOs: 'A strategic partner, not a coder-in-chief'. Agency heads, acquisition officers and even CIOs don't need to be hard-core techies. FCW's four-part look at the expertise that's really required to make federal IT run. CIOs urged to flex their financial muscle. A retired general tells federal CIOs they need to stop wasteful spending before it gets started, and says they could have a powerful ally in their agency CFO. GAO Report Cites Deficiencies in VA's Benefits Management System.

Déjà vu all over again: The Cost of Budget Uncertainty Redux

The IBM Center has explored these questions and more. With the potential of a government shutdown on the horizon, Dr. Philip Joyce, a budget expert at the University of Maryland, examines the impact of late budgets on the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations over the past 37 years and identifies useful coping strategies and offers recommendations on how to soften the adverse effects of budget uncertainty.

Perspective on Presidential Transitions: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power

There are approximately 75 days between a presidential election and the inauguration of a new president. This is considered the presidential transition period. It is a time of opportunity and hazard for an incoming administration. The transition from campaign to governing requires that presidential policies be transformed from rhetoric into an actionable agenda and then into concrete results. Neither good policies nor sound investments are likely to work, let along succeed, if undermined by poor implementation.

Best Practices for Leading Sustainability Efforts

 In attempting to tackle this question and assist government executive charged with wrestling with it, we present a new Center report, Best Practices for Leading Sustainability Efforts, by Jonathan M. Estes.

 

In October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which outlines leadership efforts the federal government can make to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Federal agencies are required to develop strategies, implement and report on projects, and continuously improve their processes as a model for the country.

Leading eDiplomacy at State: Conversation with Richard Boly

How is eDiplomacy moving State from a culture of need to know toward a culture of a need to share?

Admiral Robert Papp - Leading the U.S. Coast Guard: Strategic Vision, Steadying the Service, and Working in the Arctic

 rivers, to an increasingly open and accessible Arctic, the Coast Guard ensures the safety, security, and stewardship of our maritime domain.

NEW Spring/Summer 2012 - The Business of Government Magazine

 outline successes, and tell us how they, in their own unique way, are making a difference in an era of fiscal austerity.

Leading the U.S. Social Security Administration: Insights from Commissioner Michael Astrue

Michael Astrue, Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more.

Leading the U.S. Government Accountability Office: Insights from Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General

accountability to the American people? Last month, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more. Here are some insights from this discussion:

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Clara Conti is a former chief executive officer, corporate restructuring guru and founder of multiple business startups. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter. She is lead partner for Covid-19 Tiger Team at IBM.

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