Submitted by JKamensky on Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:24
A 2015 study by the National Academy of Public Administration reinforces GAO’s concerns, concluding that “institutionalizing the discipline of program management across the federal government should be a top priority.” This included creating an integrated approach to program management, creating a professional community and voice among program managers, and greater clarity in their roles and responsibilities. But what is the best approach for doing this?
Submitted by JKamensky on Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:46
Skeptics call the President’s proposals to reorganize “boxology,” since they see them as merely shuffling around organizational boxes without anything actually being fixed. Even a respected public management observer such as Donald Moynihan questions the Administration’s commitment: “Is it the nice, sensible documents that OMB puts out, or their actual management practice?”
Submitted by TFryer on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:35
The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget was released last week and emphasizes the creation of “a culture of performance improvement.” This is also the theme of a new IBM Center report, by University of Wisconsin professor Donald Moynihan who is a close observer of the international performance movement.
Submitted by TFryer on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:28
The big news for many was the announcement last week that Shelley Metzenbaum, who is the Office of Management and Budget official spearheading the Obama Administration’s performance management initiatives on a day-to-day basis, will be leaving to return home to Boston. “She arrived with a plan and gave us a set of priorities,” notes Jeff Zients, who serves as President Obama’s chief performance officer.
Submitted by TFryer on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:13
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen was superb at handling big, complex challenges that reach across agency boundaries. He led the evacuation of lower Manhattan during 9/11. He took over the Katrina rescue operations after they floundered. He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, and the Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill.
Before Allen retired, I asked him “Where does the government find the next one hundred Thad Allens?” He didn’t have a good answer. But answering that question becomes more critical as the government finds itself increasingly facing cross-agency challenges.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:01
What ever became of the new statutory provision requiring agencies to “identify low-priority program activities?”
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:55
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:52
Defining Federal Programs Isn’t Simple
There is more than one way to define what constitutes a federal “program,” and it is not unlike trying to define molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:42
Policymakers are fixated on short-term budget austerity measures such as furloughs, pay freezes, and conference and travel spending. However, there is a small, but growing effort to take a longer, more strategic look at how to manage austerity by finding what works and targeting dollars there instead of to programs that cannot demonstrate effectiveness.