A Conversation with J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office

 

A Conversation with J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - 11:07
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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides the oversight, the insight and the foresight that can assist today’s government leaders to better manage resources, enhance program performance, and forge a path to a more sustainable future.

Governments today face serious public management challenges that go to the core of effective governance and leadership, testing the very form, structure, and capacity required to meet these challenges head on. These challenges run the gamut—national security, the aging population, mounting fiscal pressures, and a host of others. Given these challenges, government leaders need to reassess and reprioritize
how they do business. For these leaders it is ultimately about delivering meaningful results and being solid stewards of the public trust.

In many ways the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides the oversight, the insight and the foresight that can assist today’s government leaders to better manage resources, enhance program performance, and forge a path to a more sustainable future. What are the fiscal, management and performance challenges facing today’s government executive? What is the goal of GAO’s High Risk Series? How are performance data being used to drive decisions in the federal government? How can agencies change the way they do business to respond effectively to 21st century governance challenges?

Chris Mihm, GAO’s Managing Director for Strategic Issues, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and more. The following provides an edited excerpt from our interview.

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