A Model for Defining the Structure of the Executive Branch


Governmentwide views (a "portfolio of portfolios")

Role of government: Constitution, mission areas, sectors (health, agriculture, etc. — "portals" or functional classifications).



Department and other cross-government organizations (an agency-based portfolio)

  • Strategic management: Mission, business board (line and staff).
  • Line functions: Operations, programs, central services.
  • Staff functions: Personnel management, legal, etc.


Bureau or business-unit organizations (a business-unit portfolio)

  • Business units: Manager.
  • Line functions: Operations, programs, central services.
  • Staff functions: Personnel management, legal, etc.


Programs or projects (compete to be included in the bureau or agency portfolio)

    Tactical management:
  • Operations managers (line and staff functions).
  • Program managers (line and staff functions).
  • Managers of central services (line and staff functions).
  • At this level, there is direct management of resources (people, time, assets, technology, processes and knowledge/information) and direct responsibility for implementing policies and other legal requirements.


Underlying legislative drivers for business processes:

  • Clinger-Cohen Act.
  • Government Performance and Results Act.
  • Government Paperwork Elimination Act of 1998.
  • Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.
  • Paperwork Reduction Act.
  • Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act.
  • Sector- or mission-specific legislation.


Seven categories of underlying supporting knowledge

  • Architectures: Business, asset management (IT architectures, buildings, etc.).
  • Business: Budgeting, capital planning, financial management.
  • Leadership: Leadership, culture.
  • Management: Planning, organizing, business processes.
  • Policies: Security, privacy.
  • Relationships: Marketing, participative government, suppliers, customers, unions.
  • Technology: Web data centers, legacy systems.

Featured

  • Workforce
    White House rainbow light shutterstock ID : 1130423963 By zhephotography

    White House rolls out DEIA strategy

    On Tuesday, the Biden administration issued agencies a roadmap to guide their efforts to develop strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), as required under a as required under a June executive order.

  • Defense
    software (whiteMocca/Shutterstock.com)

    Why DOD is so bad at buying software

    The Defense Department wants to acquire emerging technology faster and more efficiently. But will its latest attempts to streamline its processes be enough?

Stay Connected