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.
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.
We’ve talked about the age of austerity, and the kind of tough decisions ahead of us if we’re going to address the mounting debt while improving the performance of the government. In this post, I also wanted to share a few noteworthy articles about the same efforts to rein in spending for some countries in the European Union.
Last week, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform made recommendations to our leaders that identify savings opportunities to reduce the national debt. The opportunities target roughly the same time horizon as my report does and identifies nearly four times as much potential savings.
Within these pages, we have assembled a varied group of leaders, innovators, practitioners, and thinkers, who in their own way offer models to follow, provide insights that can infuse theory to practice, and pave the way to shaping the business of government.