Weekly Roundup for March 20-24 2017


The IBM Center's Weekly Roundup highlights articles and insights that we found interesting for the week ending March 24, 2017.

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Transforming VA’s IT Organization to Better Serve Veterans: Insights from LaVerne Council, Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
In his second inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of the tragedies of the Civil War and society’s need to unify and “to care for him who...

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Weekly Roundup for March 20-24 2017
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The IBM Center's Weekly Roundup highlights articles and insights that we found interesting for the week ending...
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OMB released new guidance to shift agencies from focusing on planning and reporting their performance to using their performance information to make decisions. It significantly changes how agencies prepare their GPRA-required plans and reports.
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Vice President for Sustainability, United States Postal Service (USPS)
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The White House and OMB have released a blizzard of cost-cutting memos and directives in recent weeks. Agency leaders are understandably overwhelmed! Here’s a handy checklist of the top dozen initiatives.
851 recommendations
The House passes amendments to the Government Performance and Results Act. The bill will require quarterly assessments of performance of agency high priority performance goals and put the job of "performance improvement officer" into law, along with the "Performance Improvement Council."
426 recommendations
OMB has directed agencies to identify low priority programs. How might agencies go about identifying them? Use Open Gov and ask their customers!
747 recommendations
OMB released specific guidance to agencies on how they should prepare their budget submissions to OMB, which are due September 13. Here are some details the main stream media didn't cover (and probably for good reason!)
819 recommendations
Improving Mission-Support Performance - Spring 2010
378 recommendations
From the Managing Editor’s Keyboard
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"What you really need to be doing is empower people. We need to look at the public not as a liability but as a resource....[a source that can] tell us what’s going on, how effective our response is, and what the needs are based upon what survivors are seeing."
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"What gives me the most confidence in our ability to press ahead, to meet the goals of Executive Order 13514, and push even further into the future are the extraordinary men and women who work in the federal government."
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