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.

Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - 12:05
This report is intended to spark a discussion of how to create a cadre of experienced career senior executives who can lead major, cross-agency initiatives on national priorities. The Senior Executive Service (SES) corps today is chiefly composed of highly skilled professionals in specific mission functions, with relatively few having cross-agency expertise. Recent trends in government have created a new demand for cross-agency capabilities. This report attempts to offer a practical, targeted approach for meeting this demand. It is divided into two parts:

April Showers? The Federal Performance Agenda

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - 13:45
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 13:25
The big news for many was the announcement last week that Shelley Metzenbaum, who is the Office of Management and Budget official spearheading the Obama Administration’s performance management initiatives on a day-to-day basis, will be leaving to return home to Boston.  “She arrived with a plan and gave us a set of priorities,” notes Jeff Zients, who serves as President Obama’s chief performance officer.

The New Federal Performance System

Monday, April 15th, 2013 - 11:40
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 08:32
The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget was released last week and emphasizes the creation of “a culture of performance improvement.”  This is also the theme of a new  IBM Center report, by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Moynihan who is a close observer of the international performance movement.

The New Federal Performance System: Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 - 11:45
In this report, Professor Moynihan describes the evolution of the federal performance management system over the past 20 years since the passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA). He reports recent progress in achieving meaningful performance results within targeted pro­grams and describes anticipated future changes over the next few years as a result of the new requirements of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, which significantly amended the earlier law.

Weekly Round-up: March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013 - 10:58
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 09:45
Dan Chenok

The Business of Government Sequestration Resource Center

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 - 13:32
This Resource Center includes links to official government sources that describe the sequestration and related guidance.  It includes links to relevant IBM Center reports and other resources that would be helpful to agencies in coping and managing with funding reductions. Relevant IBM Center Reports and Resources

A Conversation with Danny Werfel, Controller Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 - 16:12
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Good government; that is, government fiscally responsible to its people, has in its charge making operations more responsive, efficient, and accountable, getting rid of waste and saving money. In an era of tight budgets, this charge has taken on significance beyond the fundamentals to encompass the government-wide improvement of financial management.

Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 - 11:33
Four years ago, the IBM Center for The Business of Government released a book to guide new government executives, especially new political appointees. The goal of the book was to quickly acclimate new government executives to the world of public service as practiced in Washington, D.C.
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