THE DAILY FED
Reinvention: One by One
Vice President Gore has told The Washington Post that the next phase of the Clinton Administration's effort to reinvent government will focus on creating more "performance-based organizations." He plans to focus on agencies one at a time in the second Clinton term.
In a September interview from the campaign trail, Gore told the Post he is looking to change as many agencies as possible into PBOs. This will allow them to forumulate their own personnel and procurement policies, thereby helping them downsize, save money, and improve services, Gore argued.
"The key is changing several things simultaneously," Gore said. "If you change budgetary, personnel, procurement and information systems simultaneously, the old culture can't survive. That's what we hope to do with PBOs."
The Clinton Adminstration has already announced its support for efforts to turn eight federal agencies into performance-based organizations.
Gore's other strategies for improving government in the second Clinton term include:
- Selecting a dozen agencies to improve specific portions of their service.
- Stressing partnerships with private firms to ease regulatory loads on business.
- Bringing flexibility to the federal grants process.