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Making Data Real: Lessons From Federal Leaders

October 2, 2014 At an event yesterday, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service added to a growing body of knowledge about how government leaders can leverage the power of analytics and data to make better decisions. This event was the culmination of a series of ...

Reflections on 9/11 and Excellence in Government

September 16, 2014 As we paused last week to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, I am reminded of how that event changed so much of our history—including impacting how government moved forward to manage technology and people who care deeply about serving the American people, and working with our international ...

4 Ways Industry Can Help Make the DATA Act Work

May 16, 2014 Greater focus on transparency of public sector spending data will help improve the functioning of government in multiple ways. Industry can benefit by helping government implement this important management statute well. Late last week, President Obama signed into law the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. As summarized by the administration’s ...

Managing Tight Budgets—California Style

February 26, 2014 This week, the IBM Center for the Business of Government released a report on how California’s budgetary experiences during the past several years can provide lessons learned and roadmaps for federal, state and local governments facing fiscal constraints. In the report “Managing Budgets During Fiscal Stress: Lessons for Local Government ...

Be Prepared: Big Data Is Not a Passing Fad

February 12, 2014 In the next few years, nearly all government agencies will grapple with how to integrate their dispa­rate data sources, build analytical capacities and move toward a data-driven decision-making environment. Big data is increasing in importance for the public sector, and big data programs are expected to become more prominent in ...

4 Imperatives for Smart Savings That Boost Efficiency

December 5, 2013 Fiscal austerity will be an enduring challenge for public managers for the foreseeable future, but it can also create an environment and incentives to rethink traditional approaches to mission support and service delivery. In this environment, identifying innovative ways to reduce costs across multiple catego­ries of government spending (e.g., appropriations, ...

Taking on the Risk of Government

November 12, 2013 Given budget austerity and increasingly complex challenges facing government executives, managing risk in the public sector has increasingly taken on new significance. Risks take on many forms, including national security risks via cyber­attacks, economic risks from natural disasters, budget and program risks, or privacy risk. However, government leaders lack an ...

6 Trends Driving Change in Government

November 1, 2013 IBM's Center for the Business of Government recently to released a report detailing six trends driving change in government. The new report is premised on the fact that government is in the midst of significant changes that have both near-term con­sequences and lasting impact. Such changes become more complex in ...

6 Ways Obama's New Agenda Aims to Make Government Smarter

August 7, 2013 In July, President Obama spoke about a new Management Agenda from the Administration. With the release in late July of OMB Memorandum 13-17 on using evidence and innovation, the foundations of that Agenda are becoming clearer. A summary of key elements in the Agenda follows, as well as thoughts on ...

How Can Good Management Help Avoid the Fiscal Cliff?

November 15, 2012 Over the coming weeks and months, perhaps no issue will dominate the attention of leaders in Washington like reaching a deal to address the “fiscal cliff”. The components of these discussions are well-known: sequestration if a budget deal does not find sufficient savings to reduce the deficit over the next ...