Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:41
I was in India recently, along with IBM Center Executive Director Dan Chenok, to participate in a forum entitled “The Business of Government: Learnings from Global Experiences,” which was co-sponsored by the IBM Center for The Business of Government along with the National Institution for Transforming India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and the Indian School of Business. The goal was to discuss best practices in effective service delivery and governance, and how thought leadership from academia and business might support the Indian government going forward.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:38
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:32
OMB Burden Reduction. Federal News Radio reports: “The Office of Management and Budget is cleaning out its policy closet and in its first sweep found 59 data reporting requirements that are no longer necessary. . . . Of those 59 requirements, 50 have been rescinded and nine have been modified or suspended for the near future.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:27
However, last month the federal government managed a quiet, yet successful, implementation of a key element of the DATA Act. A website of financial data from across the government went
“live,” and nothing bad happened! What lessons were learned that could be applied to other large-scale, government-wide initiatives in the future? A panel sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration recently explored this question.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:24
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:17
Restored Faith. FedScoop reports on comments by Cong. Gerry Connelly at a conference, noting: “With agencies now required to report their spending data in compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, it’s a chance for the federal government to earn some trust from the American people.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:59
It recently released a nine-point agenda recommending actions that Congress can take to ground funding decisions on this basis. One of its recommended actions is to expand the use of “tiered evidence” grants.
But do they work?
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:18
Good News: Acquisition Reform Works. Steve Kelman writes in FCW: “cost growth in the development of new weapons systems has slowed.” He explored “why” and concluded that the acquisition reforms over the past decade has finally made a difference.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:51
Exciting Opportunities. Government Executive reports: “Though their written plans remain shrouded from public view, agency officials charged by the Trump White House with making government more efficient say they are “excited” about what they see as a rare opportunity for systemic and lasting change to government operations.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:35
The common perception is that, as a group, federal managers tend to be risk adverse. However, new research based on data from the annual federal employee viewpoint survey concludes that the answer is: it depends. Managers in both high-performing and low-performing organizations tend to be risk takers. They probably feel they have little to lose by trying something new. In contrast, managers in stable, middle-of-the-road organizations tend to be risk adverse and do not want to rock the boat by taking risks.