Friday, December 15, 2017
Articles from across the Web that we at the IBM Center for The Business of Government found interesting for the week of December 11-15, 2017.

Clock Is Ticking. In an op-ed for Government Executive, Stan Soloway writes: “While better government management was a major theme of the Trump campaign, a real management agenda—one that is cogent, coordinated, leadership-driven, and focused on improving institutional and mission performance—is not yet in evidence. I’ve been in and around government for more than three decades, across five administrations. Like many of my colleagues, I would have expected more in the way of such a plan by now.”

Tech Mod Plan Is Out.  NextGov reports that the White House American Technology Council “has finalized an ambitious plan to modernize the federal government by promoting commercial cloud services and reducing duplicative investments.”

Tech Mod Plan’s First Step. NextGov reports on the creation of the first tech Center of Excellence: “The White House today announced its first IT modernization center of excellence that will combine top federal talent with industry partners to bring the government’s old, outdated systems to the modern day. . . . . The Agriculture Department will serve as the test-bed with the goal of creating “the most effective, efficient, customer-focused department in all the federal government,” Stephen Censky, the department’s deputy secretary, said Thursday.”

MGT Act is Signed. Federal Times reports: “The Modernizing Government Technology Act became law on Tuesday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Trump. . . . The bill has two major components: a working capital fund in each agency that enables agencies to save IT funding for up to three years for modernization efforts, and a $250 million revolving capital fund that agencies can borrow from to support specific modernization projects.”

Math Matters.  Government Executive published an op-ed by Ryan Graff that describes a series of decision scenarios where the math differs from an intuitive decision.  Thought provoking!

Linking Reorg and Employee Engagement.  FCW reports: “While some Trump administration priorities, such as workforce reduction and civilian budget cuts, seemingly run counter to improving workforce morale, human resources offices are looking to tie agency reorganization plans to employee engagement efforts.”

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