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Robert Shea

Principal, Grant Thornton Public Sector Robert Shea is a Principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector. He worked at the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance. Before joining OMB, Robert served as Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs where, in addition to general oversight of Executive Branch management, he advised Committee leadership on the status of implementation of the U.S. statutory framework for performance-based government, including the Government Performance and Results Act and the Chief Financial Officers Act. He was Legislative Director for Congressman Pete Sessions (TX) from 1997 to 1999, where he organized the Results Caucus, a group of Members of Congress dedicated to results-based management and solving many of the government’s major management problems. Robert was a Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Government Reform from 1995 through 1996. There he had responsibility for examining the economy and efficiency of government programs, and acted as liaison with the government’s Inspectors General. Robert holds a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
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Who In Government Is Asking ‘What Works?’

September 6, 2018 One year ago this week, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued its final report, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking, which made a number of substantive recommendations about how to strengthen the governance, collection and use of evidence in the way the government develops, implements and evaluates its programs. A year...

5 Ways Agencies Can Link Program Cost, Performance and Impact

August 1, 2018 What are the costs of federal programs and policies? What results do we get for that spending? These two questions are fundamental to understanding public value and cost effectiveness, yet issues of cost, performance and impact often exist in silos. That’s a problem, since when financial management, performance, and evidence...

Carrying On Amid Chaos: Public Servants Deserve Our Thanks

May 9, 2018 If all you read was the front page of one of the major daily newspapers—or the Drudge Report or The Huffington Post—you’d think government was paralyzed as a result of crisis and scandal. Sluggish appointments and roiling controversies don’t help government operate smoothly, that’s for sure. But what agencies do...

Is Your Agency Ready for New Evidence-Based Policy Tools?

October 16, 2017 The Commission on Evidence Based Policymaking, launched last year by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently released its recommendations. They include a call for federal departments to 1) establish chief evaluation officers to help coordinate and prioritize program evaluation activities; and 2) develop...

Memo to the President: Performance Accountability, Evidence and Improvement

January 11, 2017 How will Donald Trump lead the federal government and drive progress on the priorities he set during his campaign, such as good jobs, clean drinking water and well-served veterans? Here’s an idea. As he would with the businesses he oversees, Trump should direct every major department, agency and bureau head...

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Future

April 28, 2016 Instead of reading this column, you really should be reading Steve Case's new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon and Schuster, 2016). Seriously. It's not only a fascinating view of his experience at the dawn of the Internet age, it's also a blueprint for how...

Farewell to a Giant of Government Oversight

November 6, 2015 When I hear folks pine for the days of constructive engagement by Congress in the affairs of the executive branch, my instinct is to assume they’re not paying attention. If you peruse the congressional committee calendar on any given week, you’ll see it chock full of substantive oversight hearings. This...

Enterprise Government: Don’t Go It Alone!

September 22, 2015 One of the things I was hoping to hear from the Republican presidential debate, but knew I wouldn’t, was how the candidates would actually get done what they were promising to get done. The subject sure won’t get anyone noticed, especially with Donald Trump on stage. It probably won’t get...

Empowering a New Wave of Government Innovation

January 15, 2015 Like millions of American families, ours went to the movies over the holidays. We saw The Imitation Game, a great picture that tells the story of computer scientist Alan Turing’s heroic battle to crack the Nazi’s secret coding machine, Enigma. It also reveals the British government’s deplorable handling of Turing...

The CHCOs Game of ‘Survivor’ and How to Win

May 23, 2014 If someone scripted the federal workforce’s version of reality TV based on the recent past, it would resemble Survivor, the show about teams working together to overcome obstacles flung their way. The show would open with a workforce operating with outdated and ineffective workplace practices, and hiring laws that predate...