Paul L. Posner

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Memo to the President: Reforming the Federal Budget Process

December 23, 2016 The new president and Congress need a working budget process to help them put resources behind their policies and govern the nation effectively. Budgeting, one of the core processes of government, is badly broken. But a return to “regular order” is not enough. We need a new order that will...

Memos to the President: How to Run Government Effectively

December 21, 2016 Political campaigns are a time of promises. Transitions are a time of frantic preparation. And then, perhaps too soon, it’s time to govern. Governing is the hard work of turning promises into legislation, budgets, actions and results. For the transition currently underway, the stakes are tremendously high. Large portions of...

The Painful Management Lessons From Five Presidencies

May 12, 2015 No one runs for president to run the government. But presidential legacies are in no small part formed by how an administration manages the federal enterprise and improves its collective capacity to address the public’s high expectations for their government. Failing to see that the laws and agencies are “faithfully...

Can Presidents Be Managers?

December 4, 2014 In July, President Obama told his Cabinet that management of the federal government would take top priority during the remainder of his administration. The pattern is familiar—presidents run for office not to manage the government but to champion and create new policy. The first part of their presidency is preoccupied...

Analysis: Pulling agencies back from the cliff

February 7, 2013 The federal government’s budget process has collapsed. Routine decisions on annual spending are consistently late, causing uncertainty and disruption across all sectors of the economy. Gridlock has left fiscal destabilization and governmental dysfunction in its wake. Congress has been unable to produce a budget resolution for seven of the past...

Analysis: Winning Over Government Voters

October 30, 2008 There is a silent bloc of voters who may determine the outcome of the 2008 election. Who are they? One hint is the victorious candidate for president must first campaign to win their vote on Nov. 4, then wage an even bigger campaign to gain their support to govern as...

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