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Is Foresight an Ethical Imperative?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - 11:25
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:20
Greenleaf’s statement is pretty strong.  And most people would think that he refers to political leaders.  But his observation is pointed at leaders at all levels.  Efforts to create a strategic foresight capacity in the U.S. federal government have experienced fits and starts over the past 40 years.  But in recent years, there has been some progress at the agency level, largely at the behest of political and career leaders who appreciate the value of foresight as part of their decision making processes.

How Will Government Adapt?: Sharing Across Stovepipes Is the New Normal

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - 15:21
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:18
Fiscal sustainability continues to drive the impetus to reduce backroom costs, more from necessity than from a desire for government organizations to dramatically change the status quo.  OMB is already moving aggressively in this direction through its Federal IT Shared Services Strategy (“Shared First”) and the issuance of its Memorandum to agencies in 2013, Improving Financial Systems Through Shared Services (M-13-08).

Creating a Cadre of Cross-Agency Executives

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 - 13:56
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:54
Cross –agency collaboration is a critical element to solving many of the hardest challenges that government faces in providing effective services to citizens.  In his report, “The Next Government of the United States,” noted public administration scholar Don Kettl writes that “effective 21st century government requires new mechanisms for coordinating government agencies to ensure they can connect organically as they seek to solve the manifest problems they confront.” 

Making Data Real – Lessons From and For Federal Leaders

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - 14:00
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:52
In this final installment, we provide highlights from these federal leaders on the most important ingredients for a successful analytics program.

Magnifying the Voice of the Future

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 10:40
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:29
Dr. Boston, visiting the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, sums up some of his initial research on how the U.S. and several other democratic countries address long-term policy issues, in a recent presentation at American University.

Federal Program Inventory Deemed Useless

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - 15:24
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:20
Senator Coburn has long campaigned against the seeming incomprehensibility of the federal government’s many programs.  He sponsored two pieces of legislation in 2010 to address his concerns.

Why Isn't Performance Information Being Used?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - 16:46
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 16:38
The initial premise twenty years ago was that if performance information was made readily available, it would be used by agency decision-makers.  That turned out to not be true.  Background.  A recent GAO study conclude that the “use of performance information has not changed significantly” in surveys of federal managers between 2007 and 2013.  More specifically:

Lisa Danzig, OMB: Conversations on Using Analytics to Improve Mission Outcomes

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - 11:04
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:20
Previous to her experience with OMB, Ms. Danzig worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and helped develop and lead its acclaimed HUDStat program. Prior to that, she led strategic planning for New York City’s housing programs. She has an MBA and is a former community organizer.  She shares her four top tips on creating and using analytics, based on her combined experiences on data and analytics.  They include:

Creating Risk-Responsive Frameworks

Monday, September 15th, 2014 - 16:35
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:32
Other federal agencies also face a wide range of risks.  Some are external, others are internal.  Some are financial (such as having to deal with managing under Sequester or the market impact on external investments in pension funds, which could affect federal pension guarantees).  Some are operational, such as those faced by FERC, or cybersecurity threats, or even insider threats.  And some are reputational, such as the recent accusations of Patent Office telework abuse, or the General Services Administration’s lavish conferences scandal.

Reflections on government excellence on the anniversary of 9/11

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - 14:26
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 14:17
First, a reflection of events from Sep 11, 2001:  I was the career deputy advisor for OMB on IT and E-Government issues.  On that day, our office was working closely with the Council for Excellence in Government (CEG) to host a meeting of international IT leaders – one of the early meetings of CIOs and equivalent executives from multiple countries, done in partnership with CEG (which for many years led government, industry, academia, non-profits, and civil society groups generally on technology and management excellence initiatives).