Friday, March 18, 2011
Articles we found interesting, the week of March 14, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda



John Kamensky


  • First Senate Oversight Hearing on GPRA Implementation. The new GPRA Modernization Act is only two months old and OMB has yet to release guidance to agencies on implementation, but the Senate Taskforce on Government Performance held a hearing on March 16 to get insights on how it might oversee the choices OMB may pursue.
  • President Obama Releases Reorganization Directions. President Obama released a memo to agency heads describing the initial goal of his State of the Union declaration to reorganize the federal government. According to Government Executive’s Robert Brodsky: “Zients will establish a Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative to conduct a comprehensive review of all agencies and programs involved in trade and global competitiveness. . . “
  • OMB Convenes First Meeting of the Corporate CEO Advisory Board. Government Executive’s Robert Brodsky reports that the President’s Management Advisory Board announced by President Obama last April finally convened its first meeting. The Board was designed to have 17 members and be chaired by Deputy OMB Director for Management Jeff Zients. Ten members were convened, with the possibility that seven more members may be appointed. According to Brodsky, “The panel likely will focus on ways to better train and develop senior government leadership, recruit candidates from outside of government, improve the federal performance management system and reward high-performing employees.”
  • President Obama Issues Flexibility Memo to Agencies. A recent presidential memorandum, “Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs, and Better Results for State, Local, and Tribal Governments,” sets out a goal of cutting red tape in federal grants and regulations. In addition, agencies administering overlapping programs are directed to develop “efficient, low-cost mechanisms for collecting and reporting data that can support multiple programs and agencies.” 



Dan Chenok





Business of Government Radio Show: Randy Babbit


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