As we start the new year, I am excited to kick off a series of posts on each of the seven cost takeout initiatives. We will dive deeper into each of the initiatives, exploring how the federal government can move from concept to realized savings through the application of commercial best practices to reduce costs and improve performance.
Federal departments and agencies increasingly rely on
services to accomplish their missions. "Sourcing" refers
to how government departments and agencies obtain
the services they need to solve their mission delivery
requirements and how those decisions are reached.
This time of year, you can’t avoid the phenomena of list-making. There is a top ten list of good or bad, best and worst, “in” or “out” for everything. While you’re busy making your own lists for 2010, resolutions for 2011, and back up plans for your resolutions, I wanted to share my list of top “must reads” that address the debt and improving Federal mission performance.
Over the years with Coopers and Lybrand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM, my teams and I have published a few pieces about transforming government. Sometimes, we’ve recommended simple concepts that when applied across the Federal government could achieve dramatic results. Other times, we’ve talked about very complex ideas that could radically change outcomes for government leaders or citizens.
Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) 2009 study was released. This survey tests the math, reading, and science capabilities of more than 470,000 15 year old students from 65 countries around the world.
Last week, I joined the Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, as he unveiled 25 new management principles that will help drive value for Federal technology users, stakeholders, and taxpayers. We’ve talked a great deal about value in this blog, and I’m pleased that these management principles are meant to reinforce value as a driver of technology.
OMB recently established government-wide policies associated with financial systems modernization. In response, IBM looked at our own work in delivering financial management services, and developed a set of principles for how best to deploy financial systems in alignment with OMB’s goals. Our experience indicates that following these principles will result in both better financial systems for agencies, as well as better management and accountability for taxpayers.