Performance Management


Performance Management

Assessing the Obama Administration's Performance Agenda

Monday, February 7th, 2011 - 12:30
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 11:31
The CRS report is relatively silent on the potential impact of the recently-signed GPRA Modernization Act on congressional involvement in setting government-wide priorities.  But it does a good job reprising the history of President Obama’s performance initiatives over the past two years, including:

Reorganize the Government?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - 11:16
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:12
And he’s right.  The last major reorganization was spawned by the 1949 Hoover Commission.  And Alan Dean, the last surviving staffer from that commission, died in December.

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 2

Friday, January 7th, 2011 - 9:50
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 08:36
Agency Strategic Plans.  According to the Senate committee report accompanying the new law:

GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 Explained: Part 1

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 - 10:46
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 09:39
Background.  Congress recently passed – and President Obama just signed -- legislation updating the nearly 20-year-old Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).  This update effort started several years ago through the efforts of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) then evolved more recently with support from Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and

Rip Van Winkel Awakens: Does He Look Like Nicholas Cage?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 - 11:24
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 10:19
We were here for the reawakening of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. and it felt like a scene out of “National Treasure.”  In fact, I keep looking around for Nicholas Cage.  Here I was, at a reception in the Great Hall of the National Archives, able to look at the originals of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights without standing in a line and having to continually shuffle forward under the mutterings of “please keep moving” by impatient guards.

Congress Hits "Refresh" Button on Results Act

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 - 15:01
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 14:56
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his bill with bipartisan support:  "Producing information does not by itself improve performance and experts from both sides of the aisle agree that the solutions developed in 1993 have not worked.”

Rise of Centralized Mechanistic Decisionmaking

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 - 11:09
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 11:07
Professor Bhide notes that managers recognize the need for balance between centralized command-and-control and individual initiative and judgment.  But he observes that in recent times “a new form of centralized control has taken root – one that is the work not of old-fashioned autocrats, committees, or rule books but of statistical models and algorithms.” 

Finally, a Name!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 - 14:59
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 14:52
The six initiatives were announced back in July with little fanfare, but today’s memo provides high level visibility and press that “review our approach to performance management, detail our strategies and key initiatives, and describe the early progress we have achieved.” 

UK Public Service Agreements

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 - 15:12
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 15:05
Volumes have been written on how to develop performance measures and targets.  However, comparatively little has been written on how to use measures to monitor or manage.  In the U.S., there have been efforts via the Clinton-era Presidential Performance Agreements

Delivering over one billion gallons of quality drinking water daily to over 8 million NYC residents

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 - 17:35
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 16:28
How does NYC DEP protect the environmental health, welfare and natural resources of the City and its residents? What does it take to deliver over one billion gallons of quality drinking water daily to over 8 million residents? How is NYC greening its operations and making them more sustainable? What steps are being taken to maintain NYC's water system for the next hundred years?