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Improving Government Decision Making through Enterprise Risk Management

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - 10:36
While historically, the federal government has tended to focus risk management in the financial arena, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently launched a major reassessment of the government’s approach—encouraging the use of Enterprise Risk Management.

Can IGs Successfully Walk a Tightrope?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - 14:14
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:07
By law, agency inspectors general are given a great deal of independence from pressures from both their agencies and Congress. But to be effective, they need to develop positive relationships with both.  Some are more effective than others.  What makes the difference?

The Low-Down on Agency-Run Strategic Reviews

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - 16:59
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 16:59
This memo indirectly adds some urgency to the relatively new “agency annual strategic reviews” which are currently underway in agencies across the government.

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: