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.

Weekly Round-up: May 31, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013 - 10:55
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 09:16
Dan Chenok

Shelley H. Metzenbaum

Friday, June 7th, 2013 - 9:08
Shelley H. Metzenbaum is the founding President of the Volcker Alliance. She has held several senior positions in federal and state government. Between 2009 and 2013, she served as Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she was responsible for setting and implementing the Obama Administration’s approach to improving the performance of federal programs. She previously served as Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and State/Local Relations at the U.S.

Where Are the Low-Priority Programs?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - 11:01
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:56
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 requires agencies to annually “identify low-priority program activities based on an analysis of their contribution to the mission and goals of the agency and include an evidence-based justification for designating a program activity as low priority.”  This requirement became effective for the first time with the preparation of the fiscal year 2014 budget.

America's Got Talent

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 16:41
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 16:37
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen was superb at handling big, complex challenges that reach across agency boundaries.  He led the evacuation of lower Manhattan during 9/11.  He took over the Katrina rescue operations after they floundered.  He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, and the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill.