Posts Tagged: Programs

Be Young and Public: Public Sector Opportunities for Recent Graduates

The Obama Administration has done wonders in terms of young, fresh talent entering the public sector. The Pathways Program Initiative was initiated in 2012 to improve the federal sector by hiring more recent graduates, streamlining the federal hiring process and hiring veterans. Essentially, the program has three main facets: hiring process, internship program and the… Read more »

Have You Fallen Victim to the Planning Fallacy?

The latter half of 2013 was a tough time for public programs. The difficulties surrounding the launch of healthcare.gov have been well documented. And in November, a fatal construction accident at the site of the future World Cup venue in São Paolo confirmed suspicions that Brazil would not make many of its FIFA-mandated December 31… Read more »

A Breakthrough Year for America

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama covered a lot of ground around topics like jobs and the economy, immigration, education, and energy. As with many of these addresses in the past, regardless who was serving as our country’s Chief of Staff, there are several mixed reviews of what the President had… Read more »

7 Steps to Developing Great Leaders

A well-designed leadership development program is essential to identifying, attracting, filling, and retaining employee leadership. By using a consistent talent management program at all levels across the organization, future leaders are developed fruitfully. Leadership programs truly shape the success of business processes like hiring strategies, employee development, and career succession planning. Did you know that… Read more »

UPDATE: Knight Foundation Open Government News Challenge grant opportunities is live

Gov Loop member Sandy Heierbacher blogged on February 2nd about the Knight Foundation’s Open Government News Challenge that runs from February 12 – March 18. The foundation wants to fund innovative ideas and initiatives focused on open government. Knight’s definition of “Open government” is broad, and ranges from small projects within existing structures to ambitious… Read more »

Federal Government Reform Resources: GAO’s List

This holiday season, the Government Accountability Office is compiling a list and checking it twice – of all the government programs it deems as potentially duplicative or overlapping. Three years ago, GAO was required by law to annually publish a report detailing duplicative, overlapping, and fragmented federal programs. It will be issuing its third report… Read more »

Mentor-Protégé Programs Provide Opportunity for Small Businesses

When doing business with government, it’s not always easy for small businesses to get a leg up. Prime contractors have the resources, relationships and tools for capturing significant pieces of business, which can leave smaller contractors behind. Thanks to mentor-protégé programs, small contractors can compete more successfully and develop the innovations that government needs by… Read more »

OMB Guidance: What Is a Program?

This is a question to which agencies will now have to come up with an answer. And it won’t be easy! Background Earlier this Spring, Senator Tom Coburn grilled an OMB witness at a hearing about why OMB had not yet implemented a provision in the GPRA Modernization Act requiring the creation of a government-wide… Read more »

OMB Guidance: Prepare to SOAR

OMB has released its long-awaited guidance for the implementation of new provisions in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. It describes a novel way to meet a statutory requirement to annually judge the performance of government programs. Agencies will have to put this new approach in place over the next two years. A provision buried… Read more »

A New Federal Performance Framework

OMB has released a new performance framework for the federal government. It is embedded in its guidance to agencies on how they should prepare their budget requests for fiscal year 2014, which is called OMB Circular A-11. Last week, the Office of Management and Budget released its annual technical guidance to agencies regarding how they… Read more »