Interagency Performance Targets: A Case Study of New Zealand’s Results Programme

Monday, March 6th, 2017 - 10:32
New Zealand has been a beacon for government reforms for almost three decades. While the New Public Management Reforms of the late 1980s made agencies more efficient and responsive, they also created a new problem; agencies struggled to organize effectively around problems that crossed agency boundaries. New Zealand undertook a new round of reform in 2012 to address ten important and persistent crosscutting problems.

Implementing Big, Bold Goals (Part 2)

Monday, July 25th, 2016 - 10:38
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:29
This is the second in a series of blogs that outline a path that I proposed at a UN-sponsored meeting in Switzerland this past April.

Implementing Big, Bold Goals (Part One)

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 - 12:24
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:15
In a three-part blog series, I will outline a path that I proposed at a UN-sponsored meeting in Switzerland this past April. This first blog deals with the imperative of converting SDG vision into action and highlights the conspicuous absence of implementation mechanisms in the SDG discussions.

Are the Performance Pieces Finally Falling Into Place?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 - 10:11
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:06
Back in 1993, reformers thought that if agencies developed strategic plans, operating plans, and measures of progress, that decision makers would use the resulting information to manage better.  That didn’t work.  In 2001, the Bush Administration thought that if a scorecard of more discrete performance information at the program level was created, that decision makers would use it to manage better.  That didn’t work either.  In fact, a recent article in Public Administration Review by

Risk Management for Grants Administration: A Case Study of the Department of Education

Monday, January 19th, 2015 - 15:28
During this period, the department created its Risk Management Service, and expanded that office in 2007.

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

The New Federal Performance System

Monday, April 15th, 2013 - 11:40
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 08:32
The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget was released last week and emphasizes the creation of “a culture of performance improvement.”  This is also the theme of a new  IBM Center report, by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Moynihan who is a close observer of the international performance movement.

The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 - 11:45
In this report, Professor Moynihan describes the evolution of the federal performance management system over the past 20 years since the passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA). He reports recent progress in achieving meaningful performance results within targeted pro­grams and describes anticipated future changes over the next few years as a result of the new requirements of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, which significantly amended the earlier law.

What's the Recipe for Good (Collaborative) Relationships?

Monday, February 11th, 2013 - 11:11
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 10:04
With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are all sorts of advice columns about improving relationships.  Well, A new IBM Center report by Dr. Jane Fountain, Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers, offers advice on successful cross-agency relationships.  She says there is a recipe for success, but that it depends on a number of factors.

Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 - 15:22
This report provides useful insights into how the government can proceed in creating effective cross-agency collaborations that can improve outcomes significantly.