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Strong Executive Branch Leadership Crucial for Policy Implementation

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A president is elected every four years, but he or she does not run the government alone. Thousands of political appointments must be made to establish the White House's leadership of the executive branch. More »

How Federal Executives Build Successful Long-Term Organizations

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What do executives do? How do they spend their time? What do they leave behind after their tenure? To answer these questions, we interviewed 24 top political executives in the Obama Administration during their first two years in office. Beginning in 2009, we interviewed... More »

The New Administration's Shared Services Opportunity

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The shared services revolution began in the late 1980s with the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages by leading commercial enterprises. These highly standardized and sc... More »

Quattro Punti: Four Steps to Budgeting and Performance Management - Part 1

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Government agencies often provide essential services that no one else provides. Therefore, the managers who run those agencies need a tool to manage for results, and citizen consumers of those services need one to gauge their ... More »

Collaborative Intelligence

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Are your agency leaders talking about collaboration now more than five or six years ago? Are you seeing considerably more collaboration in your agency today? When I pose these questions to managers, 80 to 90 pe... More »