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The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration's themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda.

The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration's themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda.

Participants included nearly 50 of the nation's top public management researchers, scholars, and distinguished practitioners. The forum was an effort to help bridge the gap between research and practice, and to collectively develop a research agenda that would help government executives move things forward.

The forum was organized around key management priorities reflected in the Obama Administration's early months in office. To inform participants in the forum, the IBM Center invited four scholars to each prepare a discussion paper providing context and issues related to one of these priorities. These draft papers were shared in advance with participants and they formed the foundation for the conversations during the forum. In addition, participants helped develop a series of research questions they thought would be useful to both researchers and practitioners over the next few years.

Topic 1: A New Performance Improvement and Analysis Framework (by Kathryn Newcomer, George Washington University)

Topic 2: The Recovery Act: An Accountability Test for Our Federal System (by Paul Posner, George Mason University)

Topic 3: Federal Contracting and Acquisition (by Steven Schooner, George Washington University)

Topic 4: Transparency, Technology, and Participatory Democracy (by Joseph Goldman, AmericaSpeaks) Contracting, Managing for Performance and Results, Technology and E-Government, Financial Management

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