Fall/Winter 2012 Edition
Submitted by MPanchal on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 17:37
The government and the nation face a significant period in modern history.
From the Executive Director
We are in the midst of an exciting, engaging, yet trying period marked by uncertainty, significant challenges, undeniable opportunities, and indelible aspirations.
From the Managing Editor's Desk
Advances in biomedical research seek to enhance health and length of life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a central role in making this happen.
A Conversation with Francis Collins, MD, PhD Director, National Institutes of Health
Since its inception, the country’s credit union system has expanded and grown to serve over 93 million Americans. Credit unions generally maintain traditional lending standards and risk portfolios.
A Conversation with Debbie Matz, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration
It is critical to the safety and security of this country that federal, state, local, private-sector, and international partners improve their sharing of information about terrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction.
A Conversation with Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment
Sound financial management is essential to the effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars and enables federal agency decision-makers to make tough choices on day-to-day and long-term management challenges.
A Conversation with Danny Werfel, Controller Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may be the second largest federal agency, but it runs the largest medical system in the United States, providing care to about six million veterans and their families who depend on it.
A Conversation with Dr. Peter L. Levin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, relies on information and technology to carry out its mission—to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts.
Science, Service, and Stewardship: Insights from Joe Klimavicz, Chief Information Officer and Director, High Performance Computing and Communications, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A presidential election year provides an opportunity to step back and consider major issues and management challenges facing government executives.
Introduction: Governing in the Next Four Years
Senior executives leading agency mission support functions (chief financial, information, acquisition, and human capital officers) face a range of cross-pressures from different stakeholders.
Mission Support: Managing a Balancing Act
Most government activities are managed through programs in agencies. The pace of technology and business change is causing leading organizations that have always collaborated to move to a new model of managing activities from a cross-program view.
Joined-Up Management: A Next Step in Cross-Agency Collaboration
This article examines the role social media will play in citizen participation.
Participation in an Age of Social Media
In the next four years the executive and legislative branches will pick up the recurring question of additional intelligence community reform.
The Next Four Years: Intelligence Community Reform Refining, not Rebooting
What is the value of time? Is it measured in cost, in service levels, in quality?
Fast Gov—An Upcoming Book by the IBM Center
Staff from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have been visiting agencies in recent weeks to explain a new performance framework they have developed for the federal government.
A New Federal Performance Framework
The advent of social media has opened up new roads on which digital brigands operate, but the methods that they use are decades (if not centuries) old.
Road Hazards: Recognizing the Risks of Social Media
This article examines the state of performance budgeting in the 50 American states.
Performance Budgeting in the States: An Assessment
Less than a month after taking office, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a $787 billion piece of legislation that provided temporary dollars to 28 agencies through more than 200 programs.
Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Program Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act
Over the past three years, the Obama administration has been encouraging federal agencies to engage citizens in solving public problems by increasing the use of electronic participation platforms.
Challenge.gov: Using Competitions and Awards to Spur Innovation
Law enforcement can face tough measurement challenges, but the fields of statistics and econometrics have developed a framework for dealing with them and it is useful to begin with a brief overview of that framework.
Five Methods for Measuring Unobserved Events: A Case Study of Federal Law Enforcement
Using Open Project Design at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Designing Open Projects: Lessons From Internet Pioneers