Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:44
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:43
But little seems to happen. There have been dozens of studies and reports over the past three decades. However, there has not been a major overhaul since 1978, and many piecemeal legislative efforts, such as performance pay and streamlining the classification system, have been derailed. So pragmatically, what can be done in the near-term, without a major legislative effort?
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:41
Regulation Elimination SWAT Teams. Government Executive reports: “President Trump signed an executive order on Friday creating new task forces at every federal agency that will identify regulations for elimination or modification.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:35
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).” In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:28
Nearly three decades ago, New Zealand pioneered government reforms to make individual single-purpose agencies – a “vertical” solution -- more accountable and effective. While successful, it exacerbated another challenge facing government agencies -- addressing “horizontal” societal problems, i.e., those that span traditional agency boundaries. So, New Zealand undertook a new round of reform in 2012 to address a handful of persistent societal and economic problems by creat
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:30
The new legislation adds to a loosely organized network of continuing federal efforts to boost Americans’ engagement in STEM education. In fact, President George W. Bush placed a governmentwide emphasis on STEM education in his State of the Union address in 2006 as a part of his national competitiveness agenda.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:27
Selecting a college can be one of the most expensive choices in life. But until recently, the information sources to make an informed decision were scattered and of varying quality – rankings in national magazines, word of mouth, brochures from campuses, and the perennial college tours.
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:17
Harvard professor Bob Behn calls the various “-stat” systems used across the country “Performance-Stat.” This includes the New York City CompStat, Baltimore’s CitiStat, and Maryland’s State-Stat, as well as Montgomery County’s County-Stat system.
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:41
OMB released specific guidance to agencies on how they should prepare their budget submissions to OMB, which are due September 13. The key element being that agencies should submit requests that would be 5 percent below what was estimated for FY 2012 when OMB submitted the president’s FY 2011 budget in February. There have been good stories on this in the Washington Post and
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:37
I saw an intriguing article
in Government Computer News
, by Alice Lipowicz, on how the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, the National Defense University, and the Air Force are getting together to create a government-only 3-D “virtual world” where they could conduct training and joint exercises. Paulette Robinson, dean of NDU’s “iCollege,” told GCN “Webinars are boring,” and that the immersive experience of bringing people together on-line can be dramatically improved.