Thursday, October 1, 2009
Happy New (Fiscal) Year 2010! Have you made your New Year's Resolution yet? If not, here is an idea . . . When I was working for Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government in the 1990s, we were encouraged to craft personal...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
There were lots of complaints that the initial Recovery.Gov website was not very helpful. That’s changed. The newly-refreshed website now has lots of new ways of finding and looking at information that is due to pour in next month when the first quarter
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
No, this isn’t an early Halloween blog! I had the privilege of sharing lunch with Harvard Business School’s legendary Rosabeth Moss Kantor last week during her whirlwind tour of DC where she is promoting her latest book: “SuperCorp: How Vanguard...
Monday, September 28, 2009
Last week, Senator Tom Carper held an important hearing based on a key finding from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) released last year. GAO’s 2008 report summarized a survey it conducted of agency program managers on their use of performance...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Yesterday, Jeff Zients testified before a Senate Committee on an ambitious agenda to reform governmentwide performance management. Zients is President Obama’s Chief Performance Officer and the deputy director of management at the Office of Management...
Thursday, September 24, 2009
According to the Washington Post’s Al Kamen, “President Obama's personnel operation, which got off to a record-breaking start early this year in filling top administration jobs, has stalled a bit in recent months. In fact, it's well behind the pace set...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sixteen years ago in the heyday of reinventing government, if the White House wanted good ideas, it had to go look for them. The reinvention team had a team of 250 career civil servants and a network of teams in each agency that did the looking. But...
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
There’s a great lead article by Elise Castelli in this week’s Federal Times, “Feds to Empower ‘Citizen IGs’ to Watch Stimulus Spending.” This is a real experiment in the ultimate use of crowdsourcing – providing the data on spending via recovery.gov...
Friday, September 18, 2009
One of the things I learned working on the Reinventing Government initiative in the 1990s for Vice President Gore was that civil servants do some pretty amazing things. And they get little recognition for it. But now it's time to make government cool...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Optimists believe that two data points constitute a trend. So here’s a trend. Ask employees why things don’t work and how to fix them! TSA Idea Factory. A couple years ago, the Transportation Security Administration asked its employees how to make...

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