GAO is uniquely positioned to help address the nation’s
challenges and identify opportunities. GAO seeks not only
to help position the government to better manage risks that
could compromise the nation’s security, health, and solvency,
but also to identify opportunities for managing government
resources wisely for a more sustainable future.
On this program, we introduce a select group of government leaders who offer their insights, outline successes, and tell us how they, in their own unique way, are making a difference in an era of fiscal austerity.
Robert Reisner, an expert in government transformation,
has culled these insights in his recent IBM Center
report, A Leader’s Guide to Transformation: Developing a
Playbook for Successful Change Initiatives. Based on these
interviews, Reisner frames a series of interrelated steps that a
government executive should consider when they undertake
any transformation initiative.
Social security is a well-established part of the societal landscape
in traditional westernized countries. There are a variety of approaches, and there are substantial differences between the operation of social security under the predominantly insurance-based (or Bismarckian) systems and the social assistance (Beveridge) systems.
Ed DeSeve oversaw the implementation
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
He provides an insider’s view on managing the administration’s
efforts, describing a series of key decisions made by the
administration in response to the worst economic crisis since
the Great Depression.
What is the Social Security Administration doing to reduce disability backlogs? How is SSA improving service and stewardship efforts? What does the future hold for the United States Social Security Administration? Michael Astrue, Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more.
How is GAO working to help put the country back on a sustainable fiscal path? What is GAO doing to assist Congress in support of its oversight of decision making responsibilities? How is GAO overseeing federal programs and operations to ensure accountability to the American people? Last month, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more. Here are some insights from this discussion: