Executive Response to Changing Fortune: Sean O'Keefe as NASA Administrator

This report describes the tenure of Sean O’Keefe as administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The report describes how O’Keefe faced three difficult challenges during his three years at NASA. His first challenge was to solve the space station’s financial mess. His second challenge was to manage the aftermath of the Columbia shuttle disaster. His third challenge was to steward the President’s 2004 vision for the further exploration of space.

International Experience Using Outsourcing, Public-Private Partnerships, and Vouchers

This report is based on research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including site visits, interviews, and two major OECD conferences. The report focuses on key design and implementation issues for three principal market-type mechanisms used to provide public services in OECD countries: (1) outsourcing, (2) public-private partnerships, and (3) vouchers.

The Quest to Become One

This report examines the efforts by three federal organizations--the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Transportation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration--to change the behavior of those within the organization to move in greater concert toward the achievement of organizational goals. The three initiatives--One VA, ONE DOT, and One NASA--were each unique and faced distinct challenges. The report examines what it means for a federal organization to become "one," the hurdles each agency faced, and which strategies appear to work well.

A Vision of the Government as a World-Class Buyer: Major Procurement Issues for the Coming Decade

This report includes an analysis of the key issues facing government procurement and the steps that must be taken to address those issues. The study describes a "vision" of the government's procurement process at the end of the decade and how to efficiently and effectively transition to this "vision." Contracting

 

Advancing High End Computing: Linking to National Goals

The report discusses the critical importance of high end computing (HEC) to science, engineering and the overall research and development system of the nation, as well as the role of policy-makers in ensuring HEC’s continued advancement. Professors Rogers and Bozeman address the importance of high end computing as a tool for achieving national goals and the application needs of the scientific, research and business community. Innovation

Audited Financial Statements: Getting and Sustaining "Clean" Opinions

This report examines how organizational factors and management strategies have affected the ability of federal agencies to generate reliable information for financial statements and achieve unqualified audit opinions. By indentifying successful management strategies, this study offers recommendations about how agencies can better approach the recurring requirements to produce annual audited financial statements. Financial Management

Commerce Comes to Government on the Desktop: E-Commerce Applications in the Public Sector

This report examines electronic commerce and other World Wide Web technologies currently available in the private and public sector. The study provides insights into how government can enhance its delivery of services online. The report aims to spark creativity and innovation in the use of technology in the public sector, and to leverage private sector uses of technology in the public sector. Technology and E-Government

Determining a Level Playing Field for Public-Private Competition

This report provides an analysis of the theoretical and practical issues involved in creating a level playing field for public-private competitions. The notion of a level playing field is that governments should create a set of policies and procedures governing public-private competitions such that neither government nor the private sector has a competitive advantage. The study assesses the challenges involved in attempting to create the level playing field. Contracting

Digitally Integrating the Government Supply Chain: E-Procurment, E-Finance, and E-Logistics

This project represents a year long partnership between the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government and the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs' Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise. The Center, under the direction of Dr. Jacques Gansler, hosted a series of three Leader Forums at the Aspen Institute's Wye River Conference Centers, held over a 12-month period. The forums brought together government and business leaders to examine how the federal government could "digitally integrate" its supply chain.

Extraordinary Results on National Goals: Networks and Partnerships in the Bureau of Primary Health Care's 100%/0 Campaign

Over the past decade much work has been done on defining leaders and examining the distinctions among leaders, management and administration. This study examines an innovative approach to leading as a discipline and a method. It describes the Bureau of Primary Health Care's management effort from 1998 to 2001 to transform the health care system at the community level throughout America. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA) within the Department of Health and Human Services organized the 100% Access & 0 Disparities Campaign.

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