Submitted by sfreidus on Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:26
Submitted by sfreidus on Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:35
Back in 1993, reformers thought that if agencies developed strategic plans, operating plans, and measures of progress, that decision makers would use the resulting information to manage better. That didn’t work. In 2001, the Bush Administration thought that if a scorecard of more discrete performance information at the program level was created, that decision makers would use it to manage better. That didn’t work either. In fact, a recent article in Public Administration Review by professors Donald Mo
Submitted by sfreidus on Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:47
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:37
In a freshly issued a report: “Program Evaluation: Experienced Agencies Follow a Similar Model for Prioritizing Research,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledges the Obama Administration’s effort to expand the availability and use of rigorous program evaluation. Yet not too surprisingly, GAO believes “Few appear to conduct in-depth program evaluations regularly to assess their programs’ impact or inform policymakers on how to improve results”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:21
A couple of recent pieces of research may provide some insight-- and caution -- in attempts to implement performance budgeting. The first piece looks at challenges raised internally within agencies by professional tensions between finance, performance, and budget personnel in cities in North Carolina, and the second piece looks at the perspectives of local elected officials in Denmark.
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:07
DOD Acquisition Reform Panel. In an Op-Ed in Federal Times, Dee Lee and Hannah Oh write: “Repealing or amending outdated provisions that bog down the acquisition process is long overdue.
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:44
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:41
Regulation Elimination SWAT Teams. Government Executive reports: “President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:35
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).” In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:40
I originally had my doubts about the statutory provision in the stimulus bill that created something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. I was concerned that it was going to be a huge “gotcha” machine. But it looks like its chairman, Earl Devaney, has created the foundation for modernizing the CFO Act of 1990 in the way he created a website tracking Recovery Act spending, Recovery.gov.