Weekly Roundup May 15, 2015

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The IBM Center's Weekly Round Up highlights articles and insights that we found interesting for the week ending May 15.

On the Radio Hour

Seth Diamond
Commissioner
New York City Department of Homeless Services

In the magazine

Getting Big Things Done in Government
Two professional associations, the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration, have joined to sponsor a...

On the blog

Transforming Government Like Disney?
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 17:34
Should the federal government be more like Disney when delivering its customer service experiences?
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By: John Kamensky on The Business of Government Blog
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The use of dashboards in federal government agencies increased dramatically following the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative issued in January 2009, which espoused the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.
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In another installment of the Leaders Speak Series, I bring you a sampling of current government leaders and their advice on leadership and public service. What makes an effective leader? Why pursue a career in public service? Our guests offer their extended reflections on such questions.
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Reverse auctions—auctions where an organization posts a buying requirement and interested suppliers drive prices down as they bid against one another to win the auction—are a simple idea whose time has come.
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OMB sponsors several collaborative initiatives that reach across federal, state, and local boundaries. One, the Collaborative Forum, which is supported by the Partnership Fund, just recently relocated its support functions to the National Academy of Public Administration. The Academy will become the intersection for a series of intergovernmental working groups that will highlight and pilot new innovative approaches to improving cost-effective services.
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Effective governance is increasingly dependent on the use of cross-agency collaborative networks. Do you know if you are any good at running a collaborative network?
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All levels of government are under fiscal stress trying to meet greater demand for public assistance. This environment increases the magnitude of risk from improper payments and other wasteful practices.
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How can organizations reach beyond their traditional smokestacks and silos? Coordination mechanisms have existed for years, notes Naval Postgraduate School author Nancy Roberts, but they haven’t been used. But the availability of new web-based tools and the pressures from cost cuts, the war on terror, and emergency management may have created a new environment for action.
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It is our goal to help public sector executives and managers address real-world problems by supporting leading researchers who produce empirical evidence to inform the debates about whether particular management approaches will improve government performance.
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