The Costs of Budget Uncertainty: Analyzing the Impact of Late Appropriations

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 - 10:43
This report comes at an especially opportune time, calling attention to the increasingly unpredictable federal budget process and the many challenges it creates for efficient and effective management of federal operations. But even in this environment, federal managers must still deliver services and programs as effectively and efficiently as possible. What steps can they take to do so?

Chuck Prow and Robert Shea

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - 14:31
Charles Prow is the IBM general manager responsible for the Global Business Services’ (GBS) Public Sector business, which includes federal government, state and local government, and healthcare.  IBM provides a broad portfolio of services to the Public Sector to include:  transformational and strategic consulting; business and operational improvement of supply chain, financial systems, call centers, analytic and optimization solutions and human capital needs; systems integration, hosting, application management, and engineering; infras

Moving Forward on the New Management Agenda

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 - 9:20
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 09:15
Earlier this month, President Obama spoke about a new Management Agenda from the Administration.   With the release in late July of OMB Memorandum 13-17 on using evidence and innovation, the foundations of that Agenda are becoming clearer.  A summary of key elements in the Agenda follows, as well as thoughts on further areas for agencies to consider.

Driving Federal Performance: Insights on Creating a Culture of Performance Improvement from Shelley Metzenbaum, former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the Office of Management and Budget

Friday, July 12th, 2013 - 18:11
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By adopting proven performance management practices, such as ambitious goals set by leaders combined with frequent data-driven reviews, the administration expects federal agencies to continually improve their ability to meet mission and serve citizens.

Five Steps to Building an Evidence-Based Culture in Government

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - 13:27
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 13:19
In addition to programmatic initiatives using evidence and rigorous evaluation to make funding decisions, OMB and agencies are undertaking a series of initiatives to build or expand the skills and capabilities of staff to be more evidence- and evaluation-based in their decision making.  In some cases, this requires money; but in many other cases it is a change in how existing work is done.  In addition, an interagency evaluation group focused on youth programs recently posted online a number of programmatic and

Half Empty or Half Full?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - 11:39
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:31
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is required by law to periodically report on the executive branch’s progress in implementing the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010.  It issued its first “capping” report at the end of June, summing up a series of recent GAO reports on various aspects of the new law.  The report also delivers the results of a new

Four Evidence-Based Initiatives in the Federal Government

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 - 15:08
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 14:58
Within OMB, there is an active effort to catalyze agencies to develop and undertake a series of evidence and evaluation initiatives in ways that they can learn from each other and so they can quickly leverage promising practices.

Creating an Evidence-Based Government

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 - 14:00
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 13:52
This trend is the heart of what is being called “evidence-based government” and there are initiatives both inside and outside the federal government to use evidence and program evaluation to reframe budget debates in ways that reflect the value being created, not just the dollars being spent.

Conversation with Authors: Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers with Dr. Jane Fountain

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - 11:33
What two dimensions are necessary for effective collaboration? How can agency leaders and OMB foster cross-agency collaboration as a way of doing business? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Jane Fountain author of the IBM Center report, Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers.
Radio show date: 
Mon, 10/14/2013
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Federal agencies and academics have long discussed the importance of cross-agency collaboration.

The Physics of Federal Programs

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 - 11:15
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:11
Defining Federal Programs Isn’t Simple There is more than one way to define what constitutes a federal “program,” and it is not unlike trying to define molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles.
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