The Threat from Within

Monday, January 30th, 2017 - 10:11
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 09:04
Background.  Reform legislation adopted in 2004 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that restructured the intelligence community included requirements to standardize and better align the background security clearance process across agencies.  But in the years that followed, the consolidation efforts took time, culminating in a 2008 presidential directive to improve the process.

Weekly Roundup: January 23-27, 2017

Friday, January 27th, 2017 - 12:12
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:46
Michael Keegan

Personnel Assurance for Government: What Commercial Best Practices Can Bring to Help Modernize the Security Clearance Process

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 - 15:18
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:27
Experience from industry practices and industry research regarding personnel security provide interesting insights and lessons learned for government to consider.   These findings emerged from a recent roundtable discussion held in November and co-hosted by the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the National Academy of Public Administration.  The roundtable intended to help identify commercial benchmarks that can inform government choices.

Does Benchmarking Make a Difference?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - 18:53
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 17:49
Initially, these comparisons were only among the 24 major departments and agencies.  Today, Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey data are available to line managers across 28,000 work units.  The survey results are used to gauge employee engagement, and to fine tune management priorities.  Most career senior executives are held accountable for trends in employee survey results in their organizations. 

Getting it Done: A Guide for Government Executives

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 - 15:24
Those new to government will find a world very different than their previous experience in other sectors. Those returning to government will find a far different government than the one they left. Both will find a large group of stakeholders, including members of the United States Congress, very interested in every action they take. In addition, you will face the challenge of managing large organizations. If cabinet departments were listed in the Fortune 500, they would occupy slots in the top 20.

Putting Out the Welcome Mat

Monday, November 7th, 2016 - 18:25
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 17:20
A new law signed into law in March requires the White House and agencies to designate government-wide and agency-level transition teams long before the election.  These teams are to help both the outgoing as well as the incoming administrations. What have been their efforts to date, and what can be expected after the election?  

Is Performance Budgeting an Unnatural Act?

Monday, August 15th, 2016 - 11:11
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:07
  A couple of recent pieces of research may provide some insight-- and caution -- in attempts to implement performance budgeting.  The first piece looks at challenges raised internally within agencies by professional tensions between finance, performance, and budget personnel in cities in North Carolina, and the second piece looks at the perspectives of local elected officials in Denmark.      

Having Candid Conversations Before Bad Things Happen

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 - 22:29
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 22:25
A 2015 survey of federal employees reports that 39 percent fear reprisals if they report violations of rules or laws. This potentially has serious implications for their willingness to identify and report serious programmatic risks in their day-to-day jobs, and the tendency is to avoid or ignore risks.

Simplifying Federal Acquisition: A Conversation with Anne Rung, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - 8:58
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With more than one out of every six dollars of federal government spending going to contractors, it is imperative that the federal government leverages its buying power, drives more consistent practices across federal agencies, shares information, and reduces duplication while providing better results for the American taxpayers.

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
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