Posts By John Kamensky

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 4

The new law revises agency performance reporting requirements under GPRA by shifting its emphasis from annual reporting to more regular reporting. It also creates a forcing mechanism that requires OMB to take action on agency “unmet” goals. Agency Performance Updates. According to the Senate committee report, the new law: “. . . requires agencies toRead… Read more »

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: Part 3

The new law revises agency annual performance planning requirements under GPRA by requiring a link between the performance goals in the annual plan with the goals in their strategic plans. The plans also must describe the strategies and resources agencies will use, and requires the plans to cover a 2-year, rather than a 1-year period.Read… Read more »

GPRA Mod Act of 2010 Explained: #2

The new law revises agency strategic planning requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) by changing when they are prepared to align with presidential terms of office, requires greater cross-agency alignment of goals and programs, and details the congressional consultation process in the development of the plans. Agency Strategic Plans. AccordingRead… Read more »

GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 Explained: # 1

This post is the first in a series on the recently-passed GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. The bill is 19 pages long and the media has not provided the level of detail that a performance wonk might find helpful. So I’ll be providing summaries and extracts from law and the Senate committee report over theRead… Read more »

Inducement Prizes, Contests, and Challenge Awards

Inducement prizes – as opposed to “recognition” prizes such as the Nobel or Pulitzer prizes – are a growing element of how government is trying to spur innovation in solving tough problems both inside and outside the government, notes Annie Lowrey in a recent Washington Post article. Why? Because prizes are effective. Under the rightRead… Read more »

IBM Center’s Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts in 2010

Here are the top ten most-read blog posts from the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s Blog this past year. The list starts with the most popular! 1. Congress Hits Refresh Button on the Results Act (October 5, 2010) Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for a refresh when he introduced his billRead… Read more »

Rip Van Winkel Awakens: Does He Look Like Nicholas Cage?

After a 15-year slumber, the Administrative Conference of the U.S. has returned. It held its first meeting last week since it was reconstituted earlier this year. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia swore in the 100 new members of the Conference, noting “your job is to improve the administrative process throughout the government.” We were hereRead… Read more »

Improving Customer Service

Voters have signaled that they aren’t happy with the role of government. Surveys also say they are upset with government employees and don’t trust government. Yet research shows that citizens base their perceptions on their personal experiences. So would improving customer service help? In the 1990s, the Clinton-Gore Reinventing Government effort thought the answer wasRead… Read more »

Is OpenGov 1950 Stymieing OpenGov 2010?

The Obama Administration is committed to using technology to better engage citizens in their government. Ironically, legislation crafted in the 1950s to open citizen access to government documents may be a barrier to today’s Open Government initiatives. The Federal Records Act of 1950 creates a framework to manage agency records. It puts the National ArchivesRead… Read more »

Congress Hits “Refresh” Button on Results Act

The House passed a bill in June to revamp the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. In late September, the Senate took steps to update it as well. Since these bills support the Administration’s efforts, there is a good likelihood that a GPRA refresh will pass. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized the need for aRead… Read more »