Who Will Be the Next "Mayor of the Pentagon?"

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - 15:48
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:43
Years ago, career executive David O. “Doc” Cooke was informally called the “Mayor of the Pentagon.”  He was responsible for the internal administration and management of the Pentagon and had broad influence on its operations.  He like to remind people that he served every Secretary of Defense since the department was created in 1949.  While he died in 2002, the role he served has been expanded to focus on transforming the department’s thousands of business systems.

Next Steps in Moneyball Government

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - 18:03
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:55
In mid-November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an assessment of how well agencies use performance information in decision making, with a particular focus on program evaluations.  Around the same time, a study on evidence-based policymaking in the states was released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation; and a new book, Moneyball for Government, by Peter Orzag and Jim Nussle, was announced by the non-profit Results for America.  Finally, a bill was introduced in the House by Congressman Paul Ryan (R), with the support of Senator P

Magnifying the Voice of the Future

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 10:40
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:29
Dr. Boston, visiting the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, sums up some of his initial research on how the U.S. and several other democratic countries address long-term policy issues, in a recent presentation at American University.

Federal Program Inventory Deemed Useless

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - 15:24
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:20
Senator Coburn has long campaigned against the seeming incomprehensibility of the federal government’s many programs.  He sponsored two pieces of legislation in 2010 to address his concerns.

Why Isn't Performance Information Being Used?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - 16:46
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 16:38
The initial premise twenty years ago was that if performance information was made readily available, it would be used by agency decision-makers.  That turned out to not be true.  Background.  A recent GAO study conclude that the “use of performance information has not changed significantly” in surveys of federal managers between 2007 and 2013.  More specifically:

Creating Risk-Responsive Frameworks

Monday, September 15th, 2014 - 16:35
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:32
Other federal agencies also face a wide range of risks.  Some are external, others are internal.  Some are financial (such as having to deal with managing under Sequester or the market impact on external investments in pension funds, which could affect federal pension guarantees).  Some are operational, such as those faced by FERC, or cybersecurity threats, or even insider threats.  And some are reputational, such as the recent accusations of Patent Office telework abuse, or the General Services Administration’s lavish conferences scandal.

Weekly Round-up: September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - 10:50
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:58
 John Kamensky OMB Updates  OMB posted third quarter performance progress updates for cross-agency and agency-specific priority goals on  In an accompanying blog post, OMB director Shawn Donovan highlights some specific accomplishments.

The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - 11:32
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:27
Since 2001, Dr. Behn has visited dozens of governmental organizations that are using the PerformanceStat model – some well, and some poorly.  His bold objective was to answer the research question of whether PerformanceStat really makes a difference in improving performance, and how it works.  In short, his answer is:  it depends, and it’s complicated.

John W. Lainhart

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 - 13:55
Mr. Lainhart is our Cybersecurity Fellow Emeritus and previously was the IBM Global Business Services (GBS) US Public Sector Cybersecurity & Privacy Service Area Leader.  He is the Co-chair of the US National Association of Counties (NACo) Cyber Security Task Force. He also served as Co-chair of the COBIT 5 Task Force and Principal Volunteer Advisor for IT Governance, COBIT, ValIT and RiskIT related initiatives. Mr. Lainhart is recognized as the “father” of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) program.

Goal Leaders: An Innovation That Works

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 16:57
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:52
Background.  Early in the Obama Administration, OMB announced an initiative to create a small handful of High Priority Performance Goals in each agency, as a replacement for the Bush Administration’s