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Evaluating and Improving the Contract System

Pratap Chatterjee testifies about the contracting process before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Comment on Public Service

James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli discuss how a worker-recognition initiative at HUD can and should be replicated governmentwide.

By James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli | Thursday, May 5, 2011

Viewpoint: Doing What Works

As government programs face greater scrutiny, the new GPRA framework could put more officials in the accountability hot seat. But it's also an opportunity for agencies to restore the public's trust in government, writes John Griffith.

By John Griffith | Friday, April 1, 2011

Tech Triumphs in the Federal Government

Pratap Chatterjee reports on a private workshop featuring senior government officials and industry representatives sharing examples of best practices in how the government buys and manages information technology.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Monday, March 28, 2011

Designing for Success

William Eggers, John Griffith, and Jitinder Kohli explain how to design new successful government programs.

By William D. Eggers, John Griffith, and Jitinder Kohli | Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Modernizing Performance: Using the New Framework

John Podesta testifies before the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Government Performance on the GRPA Modernization Act of 2010.

By John Podesta | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Moving Forward on Government Reform

Jitinder Kohli applauds the president’s decision to act this year to ensure the federal government operates effectively and efficiently.

By Jitinder Kohli | Monday, March 14, 2011

A Results-First Approach to Cost Reduction

Without a serious evaluation of program effectiveness, politics tend to dictate important budget decisions, and arguments over stakeholder interests and political palatability drown out important questions of real-world impact.

By Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pentagon Opposes ‘Insourcing’ Ban

Pratap Chatterjee explains why the Pentagon is right that employing government workers to do government work rather than expensive outside contractors makes sense.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Federal Executive Ranks Get Ready for Reform

Jitinder Kohli reviews Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management reforms in SES career development, management, and recruitment.

By Jitinder Kohli | Friday, February 18, 2011

“What Works” Budgeting

The Obama administration should adopt the “Reviewing What Works” process for evaluating program effectiveness, write Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith.

By Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith | Thursday, February 17, 2011

Improving Government Performance

Sen. Mark Warner and experts discuss making government more efficient at a CAP event.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Obama’s Social Impact Bonds: Private Money, Public Benefit

Gadi Dechter explains the benefits of social impact bonds in The Baltimore Sun.

By Gadi Dechter | Monday, February 14, 2011

Social Impact Bonds

book_alt2 icon Report Jeffrey B. Liebman examines social impact bonds, a promising new financing model to accelerate social innovation and improve government performance.

By Jeffrey B. Liebman | Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Performance Reviews That Work

article icon Issue Brief John Griffith and Gadi Dechter examine four successful performance review programs in the federal government.

By John Griffith and Gadi Dechter | Friday, February 4, 2011