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Government Embracing Evidence-Based Policy Making

In naming Jeffrey Zients to be Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Office of Management and Budget Director, President Obama signaled that the federal government would continue to build on the performance focus and reinventing government efforts of the past two administrations. Zients will help “streamline processes, cut costs, and find best practices throughout our government,” Obama said when he announced the nomination. Zients will be expected to lead the president's efforts on contracting reform, eliminating waste in the budget, building a performance agenda and creating more transparency in federal finances.

Those challenges faced by government organizations are not that different than those of business.  They need to do more with less, only all under the watchful eye of legislators, the media and the general public. And those challenges are best met with good performance management practices. Good government performance management needs solid strategic thinking and planning, clear articulation of key strategic objectives, transparent measurement of progress toward those objectives and analysis and communication of results to stakeholders.

Building a High-Performing Government

The Obama administration's management agenda will be based around six themes designed to create a High-Performing Government: 

  1. Putting Performance First: Replacing PART with a New Performance Improvement and Analysis Framework
  2. Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds
  3. Transforming the Federal Workforce
  4. Managing Across Sectors
  5. Reforming Federal Contracting and Acquisition
  6. Transparency, Technology, and Participatory Democracy

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Government Performance Management Articles & White Papers

Improving Government Performance

By Howard Rohm
Do your government leaders have a clear strategy? Is that strategy communicated with clarity?  Do you have a disciplined way of prioritizing between competing progams and services under tighter and more strigent budgets?
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Using the Balanced Scorecard to Align Your Organization

By Howard Rohm
Balanced Scorecards, when developed as strategic planning and management systems, can help align an organization behind a shared vision of success. 
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balanced scorecard puzzle pieces

 

Award for Excellence

The Institute honors Mecklenburg County, NC with an Award for Excellence.  The County's focus on citizens has successfully transformed the county government and positioned it for a tough economy.
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Charlotte, NC 

 

Putting Out Fires (Literally) with a Balanced Scorecard

The Northwest Fire District (AZ) needed to re-create its strategic plan and decided to use the Institute’s Nine-Steps® framework in an effort ensure the plan was reflective of the needs of its stakeholders. 
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fire district strategic planning 

 

An Archive of Helpful Government White Papers

Compiled by Paul Arveson
Most of these public domain documents were written for the US Department of the Navy Total Quality Leadership (TQL) Office around 1994. 
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Any Strategy in Your Strategic Plan?

By Howard Rohm
Is your strategic plan devoid of strategy? Read the latest article by Institute CEO Howard Rohm to find out.
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 strategy

 

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