The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

Friday, July 12th, 2013 - 18:24
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The IBM Center, in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration, co-hosted a forum in early December 2012 on the challenges government leaders will face in implementing the Modernization Act, which builds on the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

Where Are the Low-Priority Programs?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - 11:01
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:56
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 requires agencies to annually “identify low-priority program activities based on an analysis of their contribution to the mission and goals of the agency and include an evidence-based justification for designating a program activity as low priority.”  This requirement became effective for the first time with the preparation of the fiscal year 2014 budget.

America's Got Talent

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 16:41
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 16:37
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen was superb at handling big, complex challenges that reach across agency boundaries.  He led the evacuation of lower Manhattan during 9/11.  He took over the Katrina rescue operations after they floundered.  He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, and the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill.

Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 12:05
This report is intended to spark a discussion of how to create a cadre of experienced career senior executives who can lead major, cross-agency initiatives on national priorities. The Senior Executive Service (SES) corps today is chiefly composed of highly skilled professionals in specific mission functions, with relatively few having cross-agency expertise. Recent trends in government have created a new demand for cross-agency capabilities. This report attempts to offer a practical, targeted approach for meeting this demand. It is divided into two parts:

April Showers? The Federal Performance Agenda

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - 13:45
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 13:25
The big news for many was the announcement last week that Shelley Metzenbaum, who is the Office of Management and Budget official spearheading the Obama Administration’s performance management initiatives on a day-to-day basis, will be leaving to return home to Boston.  “She arrived with a plan and gave us a set of priorities,” notes Jeff Zients, who serves as President Obama’s chief performance officer.

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.

Does Management By Numbers Work?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 - 11:50
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:46
Dr. Hood, who is a well-respected public management professor, poses this question in a recent article in the Public Administration Review and his answer is:  it depends. He posits that what the numbers are used for -- and the operational culture in the organizations in which they are used -- will influence the effectiveness of any “management by numbers” strategy.
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