Submitted by evalery on Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:49
The deficit showdown reflects a challenge of modern times: how can government – and society – deal with increased complexity? A new book may point the way.
Submitted by sfreidus on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:38
This week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a new report with support from the IBM Center for The Business of Government. The report, “New Tools for Collaboration: The Experience of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” is authored by Gregory Treverton, who conducted the study as an independent research effort prior to his returning to government service as Director of the National Intelligence Council. Treverton draws upon but reshapes the results of a RAND project done for the Center for the Study of Intelligence.
Submitted by SGold on Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:27
Complexity theory and complex adaptive systems are relatively new ventures in the field of public administration, but they are old hat in other academic disciplines such as physics and biology.
So what did I learn?
Submitted by SGold on Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:12
Everyone who’s ears have been assaulted with talk of “paradigm shifts” can thank Thomas Kuhn, author of “The She Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” I’ve often wondered why that phrase beguiles so many consultants and technology cheerleaders, and it’s a shame that it has, because in the glare of that overexposure, we may have blinded ourselves to some true paradigm shifts.
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:02
Agencies facing increasingly challenging fiscal environments are looking for ways to make each dollar go further. The interagency councils for “chief officers” are no exception! In fact, they found that a move toward cost efficiencies is also leading to greater collaboration.
The interagency councils were created by Congress over the past 20 years to foster cross-agency coordination, collaboration and idea sharing. The councils formed under the aegis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) include:
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:45
Over the years, presidents have directed agencies to streamline their administrative requirements and work together on behalf of citizens. The last major effort was in the Clinton Administration, which met with mixed success. President Obama has declared he will try again: “I believe that working together, State, local, and tribal governments and Federal agencies can distinguish between rules and requirements that su
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:36
The imperative to improve the business operations of the U.S. Department of Defense has never been greater. Secretary of Defense Gates and Deputy Secretary Lynn have clearly articulated the pressing need for reform, driving action across all business areas such as acquisition and logistics, finance, and personnel. Transforming these business processes and systems is motivated by the need to make better use of resources, improve stewardship, and provide the best support possible to the warfighters.
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:34
For the most part, the management section of the budget reflects a continued commitment to initiatives initially detailed in last year’s budget:
“Building a government that works smarter, better, and more efficiently to deliver results for the American people is a cornerstone of the President’s Accountable Government Initiative and a key focus of this Administration.”
Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:04
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Submitted by rthomas on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:02