The Secret Sauce of Effective Progress Reviews

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - 11:56
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:49
So, how do you make PerformancStat meetings effective?  OMB says that these review meetings should be constructive and focus on learning.  Astute observers, such as Harry Hatry at the Urban Institute, say that leaders of these meetings need to be “hands on” and actively engaged in order to

Harnessing Evidence and Evaluation: Insights from Kathy Stack, Advisor, Evidence-Based Innovation, Office of Management and Budget

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - 11:41
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The federal government spends tens of billions annually on social programs with modest or poor results. In other cases, billions have been spent on programs and funding streams while little rigorous evidence exists about program outcomes. In a climate of fiscal austerity, it is far better to cut programs with minimal impact and improve existing programs, based on evidence from high-quality program evaluations.

Agencies Set New Priority Goals

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - 14:15
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:08
The 2010 revision of the Government Performance and Results Act requires federal agencies to identify a limited number of two-year Agency Priority Goals.  These action-oriented goals appear in their recently-released fiscal year 2015 budget proposals and are aligned with their newly released strategic goals and objectives.

Weekly Round-up: April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014 - 9:07
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:53
John Kamensky

Performance Budgeting: Lessons from the States

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - 11:15
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:10
New research findings by a team led Dr. Daniel Mullins at American University examine recent state-level trends in the use of performance budgeting or “budgeting for results” approaches. This research, presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration, offers some insights for any future federal performance budgeting initiative.

Cross-Agency Priority Goals: 2014 (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 - 14:06
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 14:00
An earlier post provides excerpts from the seven mission-related cross-agency priority goals.  This post provides excerpts from the management-related cross-agency priority goals: (UPDATED: 7-1-2014) Cross-Agency Priority Goals

Cross-Agency Priority Goals: 2014 (Part 1)

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - 16:38
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:32
Cross-Agency Priority goals address the longstanding challenge of tackling horizontal problems across vertical organizational silos. 15 Cross-Agency Priority Goals were announced in the 2015 Budget, these include 7 Mission-oriented and 8 Management-focused goals with a four-year time horizon. To establish these goals, OMB solicited nominations from Federal agencies and several Congressional Committees.

Using Administrative Data for Statistical Purposes

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - 16:14
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:03
The Obama Administration has championed “open data” by encouraging agencies to make a wider range of agency statistical information available to the public.  Its philosophy is “information is a valuable national resource and strategic asset.” To that end, it has issued directives and created a centralized website for data open to the public.

Kathy Stack

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - 16:06
Kathryn Stack is the Advisor for Evidence-Based Innovation at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, helping Federal agencies to strengthen their capacity to use and build evidence to improve their effectiveness.  From 2005 to July 2013, she was OMB’s Deputy Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor, overseeing budget, policy, legislation, regulations, and management issues concerning the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, the Social Security Administration, the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S.

Three Levers for Better Budgeting

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 - 11:09
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:04
A timely new book by veteran public finance experts at the International Monetary Fund describes how budget and finance reforms have evolved over the past two decades in more advanced countries.  While their book doesn’t contain any magic formula for success, it does provide a useful context for understanding what is going on in the field.  It also provides some poor comfort for the fact that what the U.S. is facing is not uncommon and that there may be some avenues for being more successful in the future.
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