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

Where Is Waldo?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 - 16:13
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 16:08
Newcomer’s insight at the Brookings Institution forum on improving government performance was reinforced by OMB deputy director Jeff Zients’ keynote address – where he discussed his new responsibility to lead the effort to reorganize government functions.  He did not address the performance agenda. So Where Is Waldo?

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

Target Practice: A Column by Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Monday, February 21st, 2011 - 10:37
Of course, targets can be used as incentives or as punitive measures or both. David Mamet’s film, Glengarry Glen Ross, comes immediately to mind as an over-the-top example.  For those who haven’t seen the film, it’s the story of struggling real estate salesmen who are  told that the individual who had the best numbers would win a car; number two would get a set of steak knives and the rest would be fired on the spot.

Obama's FY 2012 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - 16:09
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 14:57
For the most part, the management section of the budget reflects a continued commitment to initiatives initially detailed in last year’s budget: “Building a government that works smarter, better, and more efficiently to deliver results for the American people is a cornerstone of the President’s Accountable Government Initiative and a key focus of this Administration.”

Assessing the Obama Administration's Performance Agenda

Monday, February 7th, 2011 - 12:30
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 11:31
The CRS report is relatively silent on the potential impact of the recently-signed GPRA Modernization Act on congressional involvement in setting government-wide priorities.  But it does a good job reprising the history of President Obama’s performance initiatives over the past two years, including:

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 8

Monday, January 17th, 2011 - 10:00
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 08:50
Other Implementation Provisions.  The new law contains a number of other implementation provisions worth highlighting:

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 6

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 - 10:43
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 09:38
Federal Priority Goal Reviews.  According to the Senate committee report, the new law:  “attempts to lay out a process for reviewing progress towards the federal government priority goals on, at minimum, a quarterly basis. For each federal government priority goal, the Director of OMB should review the progress achieved during the most recent quarter and the likelihood of meeting the performance target.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 5

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - 13:22
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 12:12
The original GPRA requires OMB to develop a governmentwide annual performance plan.  OMB chose to designate the President’s budget as meeting that requirement.   Separately, GAO’s 2004 report recommended a governmentwide strategic plan, but OMB saw that as infeasible.  The new law attempts another approach.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 4

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 - 10:53
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 09:46
Agency Performance Updates.  According to the Senate committee report, the new law: