GAO Outlines National Indicator System

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - 8:54
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 08:37
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) surveyed the state of the art in developing and using comprehensive indicator systems in its 2004 report, “Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress.”  That report sparked an initiative by the National Academies of Science, with the support of several non-profit foundations, to explore the feasibility of developing a national indicator system.  This led to the creation of a non-profit, State of the

Weekly Wrap Up: Consolidation, the Cloud and Implementing GPRA

Friday, March 18th, 2011 - 14:03
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 13:59
On Consolidation and the Cloud: Last week, Ravi Bansal wrapped up his description of the Five E’s of IT Consolidation with a discussion of exposure and execution.  The exposure post connects COOP efforts to the consolidation approach; CIOs can manage risk to the mission of their o

Weekly Wrap Up: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Eliminating Overlap

Friday, March 4th, 2011 - 20:57
Friday, March 4, 2011 - 19:53
This week, Ravi Bansal, an IBM project executive and strategist on cloud computing and smarter government initiatives, shared his views on the 5E Framework for IT Consolidation: efficiency and effectiveness.

Producing an effective program evaluation agenda

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - 18:00
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 16:48
In a freshly issued a report: “Program Evaluation: Experienced Agencies Follow a Similar Model for Prioritizing Research,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledges the Obama Administration’s effort to expand the availability and use of rigorous program evaluation.   Yet not too surprisingly, GAO believes “Few appear to conduct in-depth program evaluations regularly to assess their programs’ impact or inform policymakers on how to improve results”

Re-Thinking the CFO Act

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 - 16:15
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 15:11
I originally had my doubts about the statutory provision in the stimulus bill that created something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.  I was concerned that it was going to be a huge “gotcha” machine.  But it looks like its chairman, Earl Devaney, has created the foundation for modernizing the CFO Act of 1990 in the way he created a website tracking Recovery Act spending,

Improving Customer Service

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 - 9:24
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 08:20
In the 1990s, the Clinton-Gore Reinventing Government effort thought the answer was “yes.”  President Clinton issued a customer service executive order in 1993 followed up in 1995 with a memo to institutionalize the initiative.

Is Open Gov 1950 Stymieing Open Gov 2010?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - 13:23
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:08
The Federal Records Act of 1950 creates a framework to manage agency records.  It puts the National Archives and Records Administration in charge of oversight of the system and NARA determines the historical value of federal records and operates Federal Records Centers around the country.

The New Age of Austerity

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 - 16:56
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 16:21
A new website, called “The U.S. Debt Clock” shows the different contributing factors to the rising federal deficit.

Congress Hits "Refresh" Button on Results Act

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 - 15:01
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 14:56
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”

The "ARRA Displacement" Phenomenon

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 - 7:59
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 16:20
Remember high school science? Remember Archimedes? As the story goes, about 2,250 years ago, he noticed that the water in his bath rose higher in the tub when he submerged his body. We're pretty sure he wasn't the first to notice this (otherwise those ancient Greeks spent a heck of a lot of time mopping up water from the floor). But Archimedes took the observation a step further, and started talking about "displacement," and its value for measuring an object's volume.