Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:27
The fuss surrounding the release of the first full report on the use of Recovery Act money last week reminded me of an experience I had in 1980 while working for a congressional oversight committee. We had received an annual report with program data for FY 1977 that I thought was quite useful. I then asked the agency for the FY 1978 and 1979 reports since I thought they would be useful as well. The response was “we just released the 1977 report, the others won’t be available for another two years.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:26
I’m back from my first visit to Saudi Arabia. I can’t say I saw any camels, but I did seen plenty of McDonalds and Starbucks! Conference participants were treated royally and we were treated with great hospitality, including an outdoor banquet with traditional Arabic sword dancing.
While the conference was seen as an international celebration of the Saudi Institute of Public Administration’s 50th anniversary, it became clear at the final closing session that this was also a serious event for them.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:24
David Osborne, of Reinventing Government fame, keynoted today's session at the Saudi conference on public administration. He said there are two sets of reforms running in parallel across the globe today. The first focuses on getting the basics right: a professional public service, rule of law, prosecuting corruption, a transparent budget and contracting system, etc.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:23
I'm in Riyadh this week, blogging from afar at a conference on public administration. The exotic is in the small things – Google comes up in Arabic with the scroll bar on the left and there's an arrow painted on the ceiling of my hotel room pointing to Mecca.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:21
Yesterday I highlighted Jeff Zients’ testimony before the Senate Budget Committee’s Task Force on Government Performance. But there were two other witnesses who provided some interesting insights, and Senator Mark Warner offered a glimpse of where the Task Force might be heading.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:20
OMB Chief Performance Office Jeff Zients testified today before the Senate Budget Committee’s new Task Force on Government Performance. He laid out a set of five key principles OMB will follow in developing a governmentwide performance management system.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:19
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:17
Noted business author Tom Davenport has an article, “Make Better Decisions,” in the November issue of Harvard Business Review . He describes the prevalence, in the business world, of what he calls “decision-making disorder,” but this also has real applicability to government.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:15
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:13
The Senate Budget Committee has created a new Task Force on Government Performance, according to a press release issued this morning. To be led by Senator Mark Warner, the task force “will examine the federal government’s management framework and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and services.”