Dear Mr. Chairman: An open letter to the new Chairmen of the government oversight committees in both Houses

The midterm elections clearly demonstrated that the American people are longing for Congress to do something different. The new Congress needs to begin addressing big issues that past Congresses have failed to do. Reforms in social insurance programs, tax law, civil service, immigration, and many others are critical for the American people and the health of our nation. These issues need to be addressed by Congress as a whole, but the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform in the House and Homeland Security and Government Affairs in the Senate need Read More

Complexity Reduction—Making Government Simple

Listen to Steve Goodrich discuss Complexity Reduction in an ‘In Depth’ interview with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio.   As budget reductions take hold and the federal workforce is reduced, the government will inevitably focus on process and other improvements in order to achieve more with less. One area of inefficiency agencies seem to overlook is the unnecessary complexity of daily activity embedded in management practices. The work and approval process in many agencies has become so muddled and complex that a simple hiring decision, procurement action, budget approval, or external Read More

Three Ways to Get More Out of the Data Act

The below article, written by COE’s president and chief executive officer, Steve Goodrich, was originally published via Federal Computer Week on July 21, 2014. The piece talks about what can be done proactively to avoid possible pitfalls of the new Data Act. *** The recently enacted Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or Data Act, requires agencies to disclose direct expenditures and link them to contracts, loans and grants. It requires the establishment of standards, improvements in the quality of data and streamlined reporting through the use of It may also, Read More