Most government agencies do not have a clearly defined bottom line. Thus, the managers of the agency often do not know what is expected from them. This column argues that most of the problems in government can be traced to this absence of a bottom line and suggests a tried and tested seven-step process for creating the missing bottom line in government agencies.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its latest assessment of agencies’ progress in becoming more performance and results oriented in their work. The assessment was less-than-stellar, with the understated title noting: “additional actions needed to address pressing governance challenges.
The Administration wants to infuse private sector tech and know-how into government operations. It has created two linked offices in the White House to help lead the effort: the Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council.
President Trump’s budget proposal unveiled earlier this month includes a series of initiatives on the management of the federal government.
The “Category Management” initiative, started under the leadership of former OMB executive Anne Rung, is expanding to help the federal government buy goods and services in ways similar to how leading companies operate.
Anne Rung joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss federal acquisition: why it is so complex, category management and its promise, driving innovation in acquisition, and efforts to strengthen government-industry relationships
A Pivot to Post-Award: What contracting officer representatives really think is needed to fix contract management.