Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health at VA joined me on The Business of Government Hour this week to discuss VA’s healthcare mission, strategic priorities, challenges faced, innovations pursued, and efforts to promote a positive culture of service. Here is a snapshot of our discussion.
In the March 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “The Looming Challenge to U.S.
Competitiveness,” Michael Porter and Jan Rivik point out that the U.S. faces a deeper, more
fundamental challenge than recovering from a recession of unusual depth and duration—
that is, its ability to be competitive globally. “To restore its competitiveness, America needs
a long-term strategy,” counsel Potter and Rivik.
Two professional associations, the American Society for
Public Administration and the National Academy of Public
Administration, have joined to sponsor a series of forums
addressing the management challenges likely to face whomever
is sworn in as president in January 2013.
One of these forums examined the leadership challenges
associated with getting big things done, and explored lessons
from past experiences.
The Federal Acquisition Service takes a leadership
role in providing centralized
acquisition solutions while reducing
waste, increasing efficiency, lowering cost, and fostering
emerging sectors of the economy.
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.