The budget stalemate back in the spring, the summer debt ceiling debacle, the recent failure of the “super committee,” and the near paralysis over extending the payroll tax cut the are all symptoms of a broken governing system. The non-partisan Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform recently issued a series of recommendations on how to begin fixing the system.
Dr. Jamie M. Morin is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C. He serves as the Air Force's Chief Financial Officer and principal adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force on all financial matters.
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.
In this issue of The Business of Government magazine, we survey the intersection where
leadership, complex challenges, and the need for transformation meet. Whether it’s in the
response to the global financial crisis, the national deficit, or the myriad of other pressing
issues facing us, uncertainty seems boundless while constraints on resources are very real.