NEW Spring/Summer 2012 - The Business of Government Magazine

 outline successes, and tell us how they, in their own unique way, are making a difference in an era of fiscal austerity.

Managing Risk the Smart Way

In their HBR article, “Managing Risks:  A New Framework,” Kaplan and Mikes say: “risk management is too often treated as a compliance issue that can be solved by drawing up lots of rules and making sure that all employees follow them.” 

Customer Service Bill Is Resurrected

Following the customer service initiatives launched by Gore’s reinventing government team in the 1990s, the federal government has waxed and waned on the importance of customer service in the course of serving the public.  Now that citizen satisfaction with government services is under 20 percent, a new law may turbo charge the emphasis if it is passed, since it would tie customer service to employees’ performance ratings.

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Leading the U.S. Social Security Administration: Insights from Commissioner Michael Astrue

Michael Astrue, Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more.

Leading the U.S. Social Security Administration: Insights from Commissioner Michael Astrue

What is the Social Security Administration doing to reduce disability backlogs? How is SSA improving service and stewardship efforts? What does the future hold for the United States Social Security Administration? Michael Astrue, Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 2)

ss cross-cutting management challenges facing agencies.

CAP GOALS FOR MISSION-SUPPORT FUNCTIONS:

CAP Goal 8:  Cybersecurity.  Increase federal information system cybersecurity.By 2014, achieve 95 percent utilization of critical administration cybersecurity capabilities on federal information systems, including strong authentication, Trusted Internet Connections (TIC), and Continuous Monitoring.

Goal Leader:  Howard A. Schmidt, U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 1)

oss-agency priority goals, covering both mission and mission-support functions.

OMB identified 14 CAP Goals.  Seven focus on mission-related functions.  Seven focus on mission-support.  All reflect existing initiatives but now have a higher profile.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 1)

The FY 2013 budget includes a new acronym, “CAP Goals,” which stands for Cross-Agency Priority Goals. These goals stem from a new statutory requirement that the Office of Management and Budget identify and manage a small handful of cross-agency priority goals, covering both mission and mission-support functions.

CAP Goals: A New Government Acronym (Part 2)

Yesterday, I highlighted seven Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals developed by OMB for the first time in response to the new GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Here are highlights of seven additional CAP Goals responding to that new law’s requirement to address cross-cutting management challenges facing agencies.

CAP GOALS FOR MISSION-SUPPORT FUNCTIONS:

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