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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"Ultimately, [the goal] is to make it a way of living, a way of thinking. You begin to look for waste in whatever you do. Once you start thinking that way, you can change the way that you are doing things so that it is more efficient.”
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"If you think about what we’re about, creating knowledge, sharing information for the advancement of humankind, then we’re all about sharing information, but we also have the challenge of security and securing the information. So balancing this is a big challenge.”
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“We are moving to a patient-centric environment, where veteran health information can be shared more easily…. [So] no matter where the veteran goes, the access to his or her medical information is very easy, to the point where it can actually be accessed by other government agencies.”
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"Mapping, monitoring, modeling, and understanding ecosystems is important to informing resource managers in their challenge of balancing land-use and land-change issues with human needs.”
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"We have programs that now can track what they are doing and a way to describe it: where they’re going, what they’ve done, what they’re trying to achieve. I think that makes them more accountable."
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"We’re very bullish on both biofuels and hydrogen, as well as battery technology, which is being developed to really improve the operation of vehicles, reduce our dependence on foreign oil—which is, frankly, job one—and then also it’s going to improve the environment. It’s sort of a triple whammy, if you will.”
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"We’re one of the few developed countries that doesn’t have a set of key outcome indicators so that we can understand the nation’s position and progress across a wide range of social, demographic, and other key policy areas. We believe that those would help decision makers know how we are doing….”
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Over the past year, the IBM Center for The Business of Government has been preparing materials to help smooth the transition for the next administration.  This blog has been part of that preparation.  But today is the grand unveiling! Bookmark this link...
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"The natural environment continues to pose risks to society. USGS has a long and respected history of providing relevant and timely information for responding to hazard events such as earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions, and landslides."
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The green movement has reached a tipping point in recent years. Private industry now realizes that using green production techniques not only improves the environment but also can provide significant financial benefits by reducing waste, regulatory costs,...
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