Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:30
Government Executive’s Elizabeth Newell writes that a bipartisan congressional Transparency Caucus has been formed. Led by Republican Representative Darrell Issa (CA) and Democratic Representative Michael Quigley (IL), the Caucus will advocate greater government transparency and provide support and oversight of government efforts.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:29
The White House sponsored a forum back in January to gain insights from corporate CEOs and labor leaders to identify best practices in the use of technology to streamline federal operations, improve customer service, and maximize returns on technology investments. It has released a report summarizing the results and commits to following through on a number of recommendations.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:27
Almost three years ago, I blogged on the need for a Key National Indicator System so we, as a nation, could track our progress using data, not diatribe. It’s happened. A provision buried on page 1,489 of the health insurance reform bill makes it real!
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:24
I’ve seen a number of intersting mapping applications being developed “on the ground” that engage citizens in a collaborative efforts to provide details about their communities. The most common of these is OpenStreetMap.org, which advertises itself as an editable map of the world.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:23
The Recovery Act is quietly influencing federal-state-local relations. Not only is the money being used to save jobs as states and localities cut back their budgets, but the ways states and localities are choosing to use and report on the funds are creating different ways for getting “the business of government” done.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:21
In its first year, the Obama contracting and procurement reform agenda has been heavy on executive orders and memos to “rein in” contractors. These were largely in response to campaign commitments and led to a flurry of activity in agencies.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:20
Another Harvard Business Review article in the March 2010 issue is worth highlighting. A piece by Richard McDermott and Douglas Archibald examines informal and formal networks in companies, such as Fluor and ConocoPhillips, but their insights are relevant to public agencies as well. And they may be helpful to the Obama Administration’s efforts to create its proposed set of “problem solving networks.”
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:19
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:59
Don Sull, of the London Business School writes about “why execution stalls,’ in the March 2010 issue of the Harvard Business Review. He also offers a set of steps to take to ensure successful execution of programs. While he focuses on the private sector, the lessons seem equally relevant to the public sector!
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:57
In the wake of the Katrina disaster, one Louisiana state agency leader used the “clean slate” provided as an
opportunity to re-design the eligibility determination process for health care benefits provided to citizens in need.