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.
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.
Recent recommendations from OMB around IT Reform depend critically on the ability of those individuals and teams to manage large scale IT programs effectively, and to communicate with each other before, during, and after the contracts for such programs are released. This reality reinforces the fact that success relies on people, not technology: well-qualified leaders and managers who are incentivized to work together and achieve results.