Weekly Roundup: January 29 – February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 - 12:35
John Kamensky Citizen Satisfaction Rises.  NextGov reports: “Citizen satisfaction reached an 11-year high last year, rising 2.5 percent to 69.7 according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which rates federal agencies annually on a 0 to 100 scale.”

Federal Government Reform Resources: GAO’s List

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 - 12:37
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:28
Three years ago, GAO was required by law to annually publish a report detailing duplicative, overlapping, and fragmented federal programs.  It will be issuing its third report in early 2013. But it is preparing its list now for potential government reorganizers.

Federal Government Reform Resources: Memos to National Leaders

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 - 12:05
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 10:58
If President Obama meets with Governor Romney to discuss ways to reform the operations of the federal government, here are some resources they have to draw upon. A number of think tanks have busily been preparing a series of white papers to spark the imaginations of those developing a reform agenda. These are not to be confused with agendas for new policies (such as climate change or immigration reform) or budget decisions, such as the pending fiscal debates.

Reorganizing Management Functions: A Manager's Checklist

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 - 17:11
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 17:05
Sometimes GAO does terrific work but couches it in ways that its value may not be immediately obvious to busy readers.  Here’s a very practical report that looks at eight recent consolidation efforts undertaken by federal agencies and identifies five sets of questions that managers should be able to answer if they find themselves in charge of an initiative to consolidate infrastructure or management functions.  Since these kinds of reorganization efforts will likely be more common in coming years as agencies look for strategie

Creating Networks that Work

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 - 14:06
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 13:03
The President’s FY 2013 budget announced the first set of cross-agency priority goals – seven focus on mission-related goals such as doubling the number of U.S. exports by 2014, and seven focus on mission-support goals, such as closing critical skill gaps in the federal workforce.

Reorganization Magic

Monday, July 25th, 2011 - 9:40
We’re reminded of the lilting yet ominous line from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow: “And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.”

The Pains and Pleasures of Restructuring

Monday, June 27th, 2011 - 11:23
As John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center for Best Practices told us, “They’ve not just been streamlining government because it’s a luxury but because it was a necessity.” In fact, according to the NGA Center,  in 2009 and 2010, “At least 15 states conducted government wide efficiency reviews to identify areas of state government that can be made more efficient and less costly; at least 18 states have reorganized agencies.”

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.

On Reorganizing Government: Strategies and Tools

Friday, January 28th, 2011 - 14:53
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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.