In advance of the Afghan Presidential election run-off scheduled for June 14, Larry Sampler, assistant to the USAID Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan join me on The Business of Government to explore how USAID has sought to promote stability and order in Afghanistan and what is USAID's three-fold transition strategy. The following is an excerpt of our discussion on The Business of Government Hour.
This time of year, you can’t avoid the phenomena of list-making. There is a top ten list of good or bad, best and worst, “in” or “out” for everything. While you’re busy making your own lists for 2010, resolutions for 2011, and back up plans for your resolutions, I wanted to share my list of top “must reads” that address the debt and improving Federal mission performance.
The White House is trying to design a new tool to “crowdsource” from the public new ideas and get feedback on . . . If you have ideas on what such a tool might look like, you have until January 7th to speak up!
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.”
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.
“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.
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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