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Effective Governance Begins With an Effective Transition

May 16, 2016 In a previous column, we outlined recommendations for how the next administration can get a fast start with sure footing. From strengthening the President’s Management Council, to setting up a triage system for regulatory review, we identified actions that can help jump-start the next administration. However, there is one action...

How to Get Off to a Strong Start: A Guide for the Next President

May 10, 2016 Every President wants to get off to a fast start, but success is challenging. It’s akin to launching a startup business while simultaneously conducting the largest corporate takeover in the world. When the transition is completed and the next President sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017, the new administration will...

How to Make Smart, Timely Decisions

April 26, 2016 On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the President-elect and his or her transition team will face an unrelenting barrage of decisions. For the duration of their time in office, the president and members of the administration will seek to make smart and timely decisions that advance the administration’s agenda and respond to...

How to Set Priorities That Sustain Innovation

March 18, 2016 Earlier this year, the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a roundtable on innovation. The focus was how the next administration can use innovation to support the achievement of their priorities, how new agency leaders drive and sustain innovation, and how to...

How the Next Administration Can Make Government More Effective

March 15, 2016 This is the first of a two-part post on encouraging and sustaining innovation in government through the presidential transition. Government has made great strides in creating pathways for innovation over the last several years. The next administration faces the challenge of how to leverage the continuously accelerating pace of change...

Transition Teamwork: Helping New Leaders Make Smart Choices

December 14, 2015 On Nov. 10, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a roundtable on how transition teams and new agency leaders can implement structures that enable managers to make smart and timely choices by incorporating data and evidence into their decision-making process. By...

Making Decisions in a Time of Transition

December 10, 2015 In 2017, the next administration will face many significant and simultaneous decisions on an array of issues, and mountains of data to inform these choices. How can new leaders quickly gain situational awareness? How can they harness ongoing processes like budget formulation and performance reporting as inputs for decision-making?How can...

Building Leadership Strength for the Next Administration

October 27, 2015 In 2017, for the first time in eight years, a new president will be sworn into office. Regardless of which party wins, a new set of political appointees will serve as executive leaders across the government. The decisions that the new administration makes about who to appoint — which starts...

How Can the Next President Build a Strong Political and Career Leadership Team?

June 15, 2015 The success of a presidential administration rests in the hands of leadership—political appointees and career executives who are responsible for implementing policy, achieving mission outcomes and running government operations. By focusing on leadership talent as a key priority, the next president can significantly enhance government’s capacity for political and career...

Mapping a Management Agenda for 2017 Starts Now

May 4, 2015 The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service recently hosted a group of experts from academia and several former senior officials from administrations of both parties to frame key management issues and opportunities for the next presidential term. The discussion, facilitated by former Veterans...