With the release this week of the 2016 Federal Invest in What Works Index, I had the opportunity to talk with John Bridgeland and Bruce Reed, Senior Fellows at Results for America on The Business of Government Hour. Here are some of their key insights on the 2016 index and the impetus in transforming Washington D.C., from an evidence free zone to one that takes evidence seriously!
Forty years ago, Congress passed a law to make government agencies more accountable and transparent in how they sought advice from industry and the public. It was called the Federal Advisory Committee Act. But over the years, the way the law was implemented led to less citizen involvement and reluctance by agencies from seeking advice.
In a refreshingly provocative article in this month’s Harvard Business Review, celebrated business writer Gary Hamel describes the condition of management in most large organizations (costly and inefficient) and how one company did away with all their managers and still manage to run a $700 million company with revenues and profits that leave competitors in the dust.
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
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARA) provided a one-time boost in spending to state and
local governments of more than $275 billion which was
distributed via 65 different federal programs (both new
programs and some already in existence). The funds were
intended to help bridge the immediate fiscal problems
created by the Great Recession.
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 requires each federal
agency to identify a set of priority goals, designate someone
to be the goal leader for each goal, review progress toward
these goals, and publicly report at least quarterly on that
progress. Such a process represents a more focused review
(concentrating on the priority goals) than the broader performance
reviews described here.