Leaders Speak: Admiral Paul Zukunft, the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s strategic direction, its key priorities, and how it is modernizing to meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy
stands at the forefront in helping the
nation meet its energy, scientific,
environmental, and national security
goals, while also developing and
deploying new energy technologies to
reduce dependence on foreign energy
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) relies on information
and technology to carry out its
mission—it depends on the availability
of and access to timely and
reliable information and on the technology
that makes it all happen.
For over 75 years, the U.S. Social Security Administration,
or SSA, has touched the lives of virtually every American,
whether it is after the loss of a loved one, at the onset of a
disability, or during the transition from work to retirement.
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.