Friday, April 8, 2011
Articles we found interesting from across the Web, the week of April 4, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda


John Kamensky

  • Bill to Cut Number of Political Appointees Moves Forward. For years, good government advocates have said there are too many political appointees who require Senate confirmation. It often takes up to a year to get someone confirmed, and the position is left in the hands of an acting boss. According to Federal Times, bipartisan legislation will reduce about 200 positions (such as some CFOs and the director of the Mint), and another 3,000 positions that have been traditionally uncontroversial in the public health service and NOAA.
  • Going Paperless Saves Money. Federal Times reports in “Agencies Move to Eliminate Paper Use, Boost Electronic Business” that the federal budget contains over $100 million a year in proposed savings by issuing electronic vs. paper documents (including checks).
  • Key National Indicators report by GAO. Finally released (and I’ll probably blog on this more next week), GAO’s update to its 2004 report is out: “Key Indicator Systems: Experiences of Other National and Subnational Systems Offer Insights for the United States.” While it has no recommendations, GAO surveys 20 different indicators systems around the world and describes how they were developed and how they are being used.


Dan Chenok


Business of Government Radio Show: Stephen Goldsmith

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