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In January 2017, the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States will be followed by the transition of government to a new administration. The president and senior staff will be focused on important policies and challenges at home and abroad. For new leadership teams across the government, effective management will constitute a critical success factor for the implementation of the president’s agenda, the execution of that agenda by millions of federal employees and partners, and the public’s confidence in the government’s performance.
As part of transition planning, the presidential candidates will benefit significantly from a robust roadmap for effective management that is planned well in advance. A sound management roadmap will enable developing the capacity to achieve key outcomes for government missions and programs; such a roadmap should identify how work will get done, in addition to defining what initiatives should be addressed. By so doing, the
next president can leverage an agenda for governing that builds on current progress, increases the likelihood of success, accelerates action on important priorities, and reduces risk.
In early 2015, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service launched a Management Roadmap initiative as part of the Partnership’s Ready to Govern efforts. Both the Center and the Partnership have sought to develop a set of management recommendations for the next administration, thereby enhancing the capacity of government to deliver key outcomes for citizens.
To develop these management recommendations, the Center and the Partnership have hosted a series of roundtable conversations that brought together senior public sector leaders and experts, top academics, and key stakeholders. The sessions explored current and past administration management initiatives that should be continued; discussed new opportunities; and sought out ways to deliver real change in government through a comprehensive set of operational levers available to leaders. The recommendations addressed approaches for enhancing a strong management system that supports the administration and delivers to the American people.
This forum highlights the reports and recommendations derived from the IBM Center and Partnership efforts and roundtables that have as their goal the development of a management roadmap for the next administration: