Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:17
Noted business author Tom Davenport has an article, “Make Better Decisions,” in the November issue of Harvard Business Review . He describes the prevalence, in the business world, of what he calls “decision-making disorder,” but this also has real applicability to government.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:13
The Senate Budget Committee has created a new Task Force on Government Performance, according to a press release issued this morning. To be led by Senator Mark Warner, the task force “will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:12
WFED’s Jason Miller reports that the Office of Management and Budget wants to change its stripes and “move away from command and control toward a focus on collaboration.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:09
The issue of poor performers is a perennial topic. This topic seems to continually top the list of issues the President’s Management Council – comprised of deputy secretaries – wants to address by streamlining the rules. But a new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board concludes that it is not the rules, but the managers, who are the problem.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:07
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:03
The Office of Management and Budget released new guidelines to agencies to increase their emphasis on conducting program evaluations. According to the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe in his article, “OMB Wants More Data on Government’s Performance,” OMB’s Jeff Zients told him: “We’re working to create a system that’s actually used by senior decision-makers.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:01
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:58
While there’s been little open discussion in recent days about the progress of President Obama’s Open Government Directive, the General Services Administration’s quarterly “Intergovernmental Solutions” newsletter has dedicated its latest issue to describing dozens of examples of how citizen engagement is increasing in government – federal, state, local, as well as other countries. It is worth reading!
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:57
Happy New (Fiscal) Year 2010!
Have you made your New Year's Resolution yet? If not, here is an idea . . .
When I was working for Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government in the 1990s, we were encouraged to craft personal mission statements.
My personal mission statement for more than a decade has been to “help create a government that is results-oriented, performance-based, citizen-focused, and collaborative in nature.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:25
Last week, Senator Tom Carper held an important hearing based on a key finding from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) released last year. GAO’s 2008 report summarized a survey it conducted of agency program managers on their use of performance information.