Program Management


9 tips to make an efficiency initiative stick

Agencies have tapped senior leaders, employees, and business and government experts to find ways to make their efficiency initiatives last. A new report gives the how-tos.

5 tips for managing in tough times

Veteran government IT leaders offer tips for keeping projects on track in the face of staff and budget cuts.

IRS vendor management yields big savings in short time

IRS's experience yields practical tips for making a VMO effective at creating cost savings.

Agencies should create 'vendor management office,' officials urge

Recommended by the President's Management Advisory Board, the offices would oversee contracts and ensure contractors are delivering what they promise.

Status check: 25-point IT plan making a difference

Three federal agency IT leaders offer a snapshot of how the government's 25-point IT management plan is changing their operations.

The ideal CIO? Not a tech geek

Mark Forman and Paul Brubaker take issue with OMB's recent efforts to redefine the role of agency CIOs, saying they undermine the intentions of the Clinger-Cohen Act.

OFPP toughens training for contract oversight

OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon is pushing training standards as part of his focus on acquisition workforce and President Barack Obama's procurement memo from 2009.

Agencies don't account for all program costs, experts say

Auditors at GAO found that several agencies with interagency contracts and those that help with acquisitions don’t carefully account for all the costs of their programs.

OFPP keeps classic definition of fed-only work

OFPP keeps the inherently governmental function definition 'intimate,' but leaves much discretion about jobs closely associated.

Performance.gov too limited for critics

A number of open government experts were unimpressed with the Obama administration's performance.gov and what it shows, or doesn't show.

Committee finds manual processes in automated systems

“Agencies employ a tangled web of disparate manual processes to generate the data,” according to the House committee.

John Kamensky

4 lessons in the use of dashboards

Columnist John Kamensky shares new insights into how dashboards can help agencies boost program performance.