Performance Management


Performance Management

Is Performance Budgeting Hopeless?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 - 17:03
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 16:58
Decades of research and efforts to implement performance budgeting across federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. seem to consistently come down to the conclusion that no matter how rational it sounds, politicians don’t want to use it to make decisions. Budgeting expert Dr. Phil Joyce tries to nuance this conclusion by calling it “performance-informed budgeting,” and notes that performance is but one of many factors used to make budget allocation decisions.

Highlights of Senate GPRA Oversight Hearing

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - 9:58
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 09:53
What sparked his imagination?  Here’s a link to the hearing record. Lead off witnesses included Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients and Comptroller General Gene Dodaro (who Carper jokingly referred to as Zients’ “wingman”).  Here are some testimony highlights from Zients: Executive Branch Implementation Steps To Date. 

OMB Guidance on Administrative Flexibility

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - 9:15
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 08:58
President Obama’s February 2011 directive, “Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs, and Better Results for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” instructed agencies to identify opportunities to streamline, reduce, or eliminate administrative requirements imposed on states and localities, and develop a plan of action in 180 days (August 26).  I summed it up in an earlier blog post.  OMB was to produce guidance t

Is It Time to Adopt Portfolio Budgeting?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - 10:11
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:07
A Pipe Dream? 

Creating "Virtual Agencies"

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 - 11:34
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:13
We had no idea what he was talking about when he was describing the Virtual Department of Mary Washington (one of his constituents when he was the senator from Tennessee).  But he was just ahead of his time (and clearly ahead of where the federal government was in the early 1990s).  Since then, several countries have tried to create virtual agencies, most notably Canada, Australia, and Belgium.

Where Is Waldo?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 - 16:13
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 16:08
Newcomer’s insight at the Brookings Institution forum on improving government performance was reinforced by OMB deputy director Jeff Zients’ keynote address – where he discussed his new responsibility to lead the effort to reorganize government functions.  He did not address the performance agenda. So Where Is Waldo?

GPRA Mod: Flurry of Activities

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 - 11:58
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:34
In the past month, I’ve participated in more than a half dozen forums related to the new law, and gotten feedback from colleagues about the forums that I just wasn’t able to make in person.

Dan Tangherlini

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - 14:52
Tangherlini serves as the principal policy advisor on the development and execution of the budget and performance plans for Treasury
Radio show date: 
Sat, 06/18/2011
Intro text: 
Assistant Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of the Treasury
PDF transcript: 

Customer Dissatisfaction

Monday, February 14th, 2011 - 11:48
Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:42
The annual federal customer satisfaction survey covering more than 100 agencies recently reported that 2010 data show the largest one-year drop in satisfaction since the survey began in 1999.

Using Prizes as Innovation Engines

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 - 10:46
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 09:42
As promised in an earlier blog post on this topic, the IBM Center now has a report, “Managing Innovation Prizes in Government,” by Luciano Kay, with the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.