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Federal Contract Spending down by $15 Billion

“Buying less and buying smarter” has helped the White House cut costs on contract spending, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Secret to Programs that Work

book_alt2 icon Report Jitinder Kohli, William D. Eggers, and John Griffith lay out a system for designing and evaluating effective government programs.

By Jitinder Kohli, William D. Eggers, and John Griffith | Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Putting Federal Contract Auditing in the Spotlight

Senators at today’s subcommittee hearing need to tackle certain key issues to help improve the federal contract auditing process.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Insourcing “Inherently Governmental” Work Will Save Money

“Insourcing” jobs from contractors back to the permanent federal workforce should be a priority for the military, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Win-Win on Regulatory Reform

Jitinder Kohli sets out five lessons for the Obama administration from his experience working on similar reforms in Britain.

By Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, January 19, 2011

President Obama Outlines Vision for Regulation: New Directives Strike the Right Balance

Reece Rushing examines the president’s new reforms as the Obama administration braces for conservative attacks.

By Reece Rushing | Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Innovation Imperative

Jitinder Kohli examines ways that the leaders of federal agencies and departments can stretch tight budgets imaginatively and provocatively.

By Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saving Without Slashing

The new Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation could generate creative solutions to a problem that has long vexed Washington, writes John Griffith.

By John Griffith | Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Step Forward: Government Performance Reform Passes the House

Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith praise the House’s passage today of a bipartisan government performance bill that now makes its way to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

By Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith | Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Making Headway

The House of Representatives should swiftly pass critical government performance reform, write Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith.

By Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith | Friday, December 17, 2010

Procurement Savings of $400 Billion Are There for the Asking: President Obama and His Team Must Show the Way

Donna Cooper and Raj Sharma detail how the federal government can save on the goods and services it buys and sells.

By Donna Cooper and Raj Sharma | Friday, December 3, 2010

Lies, Damned Lies, and Reporting on Federal Pay

Pratap Chatterjee calls out several national newspapers for continually misinterpreting statistics about federal pay levels compared to the private sector.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Thursday, December 2, 2010

Confidence in Government Down Despite Improvements

Government officials need to do a better job of advertising their successes, especially at a time of growing demand for public sector services, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Monday, November 22, 2010

Overhauling Federal Information Technology Spending

The White House is set to unveil a new strategy for IT procurement that could save $80 billion, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Friday, November 19, 2010

Financing What Works: Social Impact Bonds Hold Promise

Jitinder Kohli describes an experimental program working with prisoners in Peterborough, England, that could transform government finance around the world.

By Jitinder Kohli | Thursday, November 18, 2010