“It’s déjà vu all over again.” As this week marks the passing of baseball hall of famer Yogi Berra, his insightful malapropism seems quite appropriate as the U.S. federal government is on the precipice of falling headlong into a second government shutdown within two years. How does the shutdown impact how agencies manage their budgets and operations? What effect does shuttering government operations have on federal employees, grantees, and contractors?
"If you think about what we’re about, creating knowledge, sharing
information for the advancement of humankind, then we’re all about
sharing information, but we also have the challenge of security and
securing the information. So balancing this is a big challenge.”
“We are moving to a patient-centric environment, where veteran health information can
be shared more easily…. [So] no matter where the veteran goes, the access to his or her
medical information is very easy, to the point where it can actually be accessed by other
“We try to get at least 90 days’ notice that there is an issue [with a
bank], but there are occasions where we may only get one day’s
notice. We have to be able to react quickly, efficiently, so we
have five teams of people standing by.”
"We’re one of the few developed countries that doesn’t have a set of key outcome indicators so that we
can understand the nation’s position and progress across a wide range of social, demographic, and other
key policy areas. We believe that those would help decision makers know how we are doing….”
Over the past year, the IBM Center for The Business of Government has been preparing materials to help smooth the transition for the next administration. This blog has been part of that preparation. But today is the grand unveiling!
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"The natural environment continues to pose risks to society. USGS has a long and respected history of providing relevant and timely information for responding to hazard events such as earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions, and landslides."
"CFOJOBS.GOV is an attempt to build a community around financial management [and] to be able to attract talent into financial management within the U.S. government. We have a beta site available at the moment, it's at www.cfojobs.gov. We will be improving the existing site over time to introduce commonly-referred-to Web2.0 types of technologies."