The use of dashboards in federal government agencies
increased dramatically following the Obama administration’s
Open Government Initiative issued in January 2009, which
espoused the principles of transparency, participation, and
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 requires each federal
agency to identify a set of priority goals, designate someone
to be the goal leader for each goal, review progress toward
these goals, and publicly report at least quarterly on that
progress. Such a process represents a more focused review
(concentrating on the priority goals) than the broader performance
reviews described here.
First called the People’s Department by President Lincoln,
the United States Department of Agriculture is a diverse and
complex organization. From enhancing economic opportunities
for agricultural producers to protecting the nation’s food
supply to improving nutrition and health, the USDA supports
programs that touch the lives of most Americans every day.
In this issue of The Business of Government magazine, we survey the intersection where
leadership, complex challenges, and the need for transformation meet. Whether it’s in the
response to the global financial crisis, the national deficit, or the myriad of other pressing
issues facing us, uncertainty seems boundless while constraints on resources are very real.
In another installment of the Leaders Speak Series, I bring you a sampling of current government leaders and their advice on leadership and public service. What makes an effective leader? Why pursue a career in public service? Our guests offer their extended reflections on such questions.
Nick Nayak has over 24 years of senior private, public and academic leadership experience. He has been a dynamic figure in the field of federal acquisition – helping to professionalize the federal acquisition workforce; implement methods to obtain acquisition savings; and recruit the next generation of acquisition professionals.