Senior Fellow, IBM Center

Government Reform: The New Zealand Example (Part 2)

New Zealand ’s government reform efforts over the past quarter century have yielded both positive results as well as cautionary tales. Its proposed next steps, however, are worth examining. At the World Bank’s series of forums on performance managemen...

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How An “Open Project” Approach Can Change the World

How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution?  For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again?  ...

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21st Century Government, Part 6: GAO Lessons Learned

Here’s a terrific checklist of questions managers should be able to answer as they undertake a consolidation of infrastructure or management functions.   It is buried in a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Sometimes GAO does...

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Lessons in Designing Collaborative Networks

  What works when developing a cross-agency collaborative network?   A six-year long study of 266 existing collaborative networks of public safety organizations distills valuable lessons for how to design and sustain similar networks in other policy...

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21st Century Government, Part 5: Can Legos Inspire Reorganization?

Should government use Legos to inspire its reorganization approach? Structural reorganization initiatives – like the creation of the Department of Homeland Security -- are slow, take an enormous amount of effort, and require years to become...

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21st Century Government, Part 4: Creating Virtual Agencies

Would “virtual agencies” be an effective alternative to traditional structural reorganization initiatives? If so, what needs done to make them happen? When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early ...

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21st Century Government Part 3: Lessons from Past Reorganization Efforts

  The political winds are blowing favorably for reorganizing the U.S. federal government for the first time since Jimmy Carter’s efforts in the 1970s.   As a result, the conversation on government reorganization is shifting from “should we”...

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21st Century Government Part 2: What Is Presidential Reorganization Authority?

President Obama asked Congress for authority to reorganize government in his January 2012 State of the Union address.  Several weeks later, he proposed legislation to do so.  What is in that bill? First, Some Background

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21st Century Government Part 1: Should Government Reorganize Itself?

Back in March, the U.S. Senate held a hearing on re-tooling government for the 21 st century. What’s the background behind recent pushes to reorganize the federal government?   How do they different from perennial calls to do so over the past three...

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