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Friday, November 6, 2009 - 21:25
The fuss surrounding the release of the first full report on the use of Recovery Act money last week reminded me of an experience I had in 1980 while working for a congressional oversight committee.  We had received an annual report with program data...
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Friday, November 6, 2009 - 01:18
I’m back from my first visit to Saudi Arabia.  I can’t say I saw any camels, but I did seen plenty of McDonalds and Starbucks!  Conference participants were treated royally and we were treated with great hospitality, including an outdoor banquet with...
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 16:18
David Osborne, of Reinventing Government fame, keynoted today's session at the Saudi conference on public administration.  He said there are two sets of reforms running in parallel across the globe today.  The first focuses on getting the basics right:...
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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 16:04
I'm in Riyadh this week, blogging from afar at a conference on public administration.  The exotic is in the small things – Google comes up in Arabic with the scroll bar on the left and there's an arrow painted on the ceiling of my hotel room pointing...
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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 18:34
Yesterday I highlighted Jeff Zients’ testimony before the Senate Budget Committee’s Task Force on Government Performance.  But there were two other witnesses who provided some interesting insights, and Senator Mark Warner offered a glimpse of where the...
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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 21:35
OMB Chief Performance Office Jeff Zients testified today before the Senate Budget Committee’s new Task Force on Government Performance.  He laid out a set of five key principles OMB will follow in developing a governmentwide performance management system. He...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 20:36
OMB yesterday released its latest guidance on federal acquisition.  This new guidance, Increasing Competition and Structuring Contracts for the Best Results, provides guidelines for agencies to move to more competitive and lower risk types of contracts,...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 18:09
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...
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Monday, October 26, 2009 - 18:26
This past summer the spectacle of unruly congressional town hall meetings on health care reform played across the media. Separately, the Obama Administration has been working on an on-line approach for greater citizen engagement but found some citizen...
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Friday, October 23, 2009 - 14:55
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...
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