Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:49
A recent report by the Partnership for Public Service paints a grim picture of what it sees as dysfunctions in the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, observing: “Polarization, acrimony and intense partisanship regarding matters both routine and critical to the country’s well-being have become the way of life in Congress and throughout Washington.” For the past four decades, there has been a formalized set of budget and appropriation processes, often called “regular order.” These broke down toward the end of the George W.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:44
Shared Services Is Getting a Governance Board. According to Federal Times, OMB’s acting deputy director for management has announced a major policy initiative: to create a governance board to oversee the development and implementation of shared services across different mission support functions (e.g., human resources, financial management, travel, etc.). The General Services Administration will host the governance board’s staff arm, the Unified Shared Services Management Office. OPM Leadership Blueprint.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:42
The evolution of technology tools and the use of social media has dramatically lowered the technical and bureaucratic barriers to working more collaboratively. In the first days of his administration, President Obama publicly placed a premium on the use of collaboration.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:37
The Rise of Innovation Labs. NextGov reports: “The White House wants more federal agencies to tap into the creative ideas floating around in their employees’ heads by launching innovation labs, according to a newly released administration strategy for boosting U.S. innovation.” Many agencies have created innovation labs – not unlike the reinvention labs in the Clinton Administration – to provide employees a safe space to actively engage in testing out new ideas. DATA Act SBA Pilot.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:06
Here to Stay. Federal Computer Week reports that federal CIO Tony Scott “expects the Office of Management and Budget's year-and-a-half old Digital Service team and other expert tech groups will survive the coming presidential election and subsequent transition because the issues they address -- making federal agencies work better in an increasingly technical world -- make them critical.” The GAO Fix List.
Submitted by TFryer on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:50
Holiday Cheers. The White House hosted a ceremony earlier this week that highlighted a number of good news stories in government. The ceremony included remarks by the White House chief of staff, the Director of OMB, and the Director of OPM. The event was well-covered in the media. Federal News Radio highlighted a new presidential executive order that includes new initiatives for recruiting and training new senior career executives. Government Executive highlighted the executive order’s raising of caps on how much agencies can spend on senior executive recognition awards.
Submitted by sfreidus on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:46
Former Vice Presidential National Security Advisor Leon Fuerth, working with Evan Faber, has released a white paper that has been a decade in the making. The paper describes how the federal government is increasingly facing challenges of greater complexity that demand faster action than the current institutional structures can respond to effectively.
Submitted by sfreidus on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:07
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.
Submitted by sfreidus on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:01
In only four cases since 1975 has Congress passed all appropriation bills before the beginning of the fiscal year. In some years, like 1996, inaction led to agencies suspending operations. This year, Congress adopted a six-month Continuing Resolutionfor all fiscal year 2013 appropriation bills, delaying final decisions until March 31st. What do these kinds of delays mean for how agencies manage their monies and op
Submitted by sfreidus on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:41