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.
Observers have complained for nearly two decades that Congress doesn't care about performance. This changed in October when the Senate Budget Committee created a new Task Force on Government Performance, led by freshman Senator Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia. In state government circles, he was seen as a champion of performance-driven government.
It was all tongue-in-cheek, but still filled with meaning. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley strode briskly into the dimly lit State-Stat briefing room to the strains of the soundtrack from "Star Trek" with the Starship Enterprise flying by on the overhead screens.
President George W. Bush told NASA to return to the moon and prepare for manned exploration of Mars. The man he put in charge, Michael Griffin, was a certified rocket scientist with a passion for manned space exploration. In the four years he served...