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Reform of the Federal IT Budget - Increasing Strategy, Decreasing Complexity
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What Is the Public's Role in Government?
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 17:47
The Clinton Administration promoted customer service. The Bush Administration expressed sympathy for taxpayers. The...
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After a 15-year slumber, the Administrative Conference of the U.S. has returned. It held its first meeting last week since it was reconstituted earlier this year. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia swore in the 100 new members of the Conference, noting “your job is to improve the administrative process throughout the government.”
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Within these pages, we have assembled a varied group of leaders, innovators, practitioners, and thinkers, who in their own way offer models to follow, provide insights that can infuse theory to practice, and pave the way to shaping the business of government.
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This video provides a sampling of the hundreds of government executives we have interviewed over the years. Enjoy insights from these government leaders...
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“Rulemaking is one of the most important and demanding jobs of the federal government,” says former White House official Sally Katzen. But, she notes that its operation is stuck in a 1946 law. She says “don’t tinker at the margins,” and two weeks ago legislation was introduced to transform the system for the 21st century.
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This article is adapted from Russell W. Mills, “The Promise of Collaborative Voluntary Partnerships: Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration“ (Washington, DC: IBM Center for The Business of Government, 2010).
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The IBM Center for The Business of Government connects public management research with practice. Since 1998, we have helped public sector executives improve the effectiveness of government with practical ideas and original thinking. Watch our short video to learn more.
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The Chief Financial Officers Act is 20 years old. The goal of a clean financial statement is still a futuristic vision. Is it time to give up and try something else?
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The Obama Administration is committed to using technology to better engage citizens in their government. Ironically, legislation crafted in the 1950s to open citizen access to government documents may be a barrier to today’s Open Government initiatives.
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Why don’t airlines give out peanuts anymore? A federal rule to protect people with food allergies. Is this too Big Brother and you want your peanuts back? You’ll have to participate in a rule-making process.
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