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Today’s senior managers are tempted to begin analytics programs before determining the mission-essential questions they are seeking data to answer.

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Reform of the Federal IT Budget - Increasing Strategy, Decreasing Complexity
The federal budget process is an exercise in time travel. At any given moment, agency budget and program managers may live in as many as three years at the...

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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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Ms. McGrath leads the Department’s efforts to better synchronize, integrate and coordinate DoD business operations
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Governments, generally, are much better at giving out money than they are at figuring out where the money is spent, and how successfully. Progress on this front has certainly been made by cities, counties, states and the federal government, but there’s still a long way to go.
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In recent weeks, the main stream media has questioned whether the Obama administration’s Open Government initiative has lost its steam. But is it really dead?
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Federal agencies have developed “open government plans” in response to an early directive by President Obama.
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In this complex and dynamic world of changing demands, the nature of security today requires that it be conceived more broadly than ever before. Some have called for a new vibrant strategic direction for US national security and foreign policy. Today's context presents a unique set of challenges and requires a new way of thinking about power, security, and leadership. General Anthony Zinni, former Commander of the US Central Command offers insights in power and leadership in the 21st Century.
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The mission of the National Guard Bureau Joint Process Improvement Office is to create a culture of continuous improvement by deploying tools, training, and mentoring soldiers and airmen throughout the National Guard.
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When President Barack Obama took office, he said “the question is not whether government is too big or too small but whether it works.” But how do you know what works and what doesn’t?
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“Abracadabra,” “hocus-pocus” and “presto-chango” are clichéd magic words designed to deliver a variety of wishes to boys and girls in books. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, and sometimes they have perverse effects. The lesson, typically, is to be careful of what you wish for.
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Dr. Mergel discusses the managerial, cultural, behavioral, and technological issues that public managers face in starting and maintaining Wikis.
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The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Commerce Department recently held a workshop to discuss how protection of personal information can be made a key implementation element in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The meeting discussed steps that Government and industry can take to develop and implement privacy-friendly policy and technology as a priority in the way we identify ourselves online.
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