DATA Act a Big Step Toward More Effective Government

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This week the House of Representatives took a big step toward increased efficiency and transparency in government by passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA). The bill was passed by a unanimous vote in the Senate last month and now awaits White House approval. DATA aims to make more than $3 trillion in federal spending transparent to the public along with streamlining the monitoring and reporting process for recipients of federal funds. The bill would authorize a state-of-the-art data analysis center along with a pilot program that would consolidate reporting across agencies and programs. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is a strong supporter of the bill and believes it will help improve government credibility in the eyes of the American people. “The DATA Act will give the American people the ability to track how we spend their tax dollars,” Issa said. Read More


GTI Summit – Not All Spending is Equal

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Needless government waste. Unrestrained government spending. A national debt exceeding $17 Trillion.

These are the headlines that motivated January’s Government Transformation Initiative (GTI) Summit, where I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with other distinguished government efficiency experts including Mark Forman, CEO of the Government Transaction Services, Scott Quehl, Senior Principal at Accenture, and J. Christopher Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, U. S. GAO. Read More


A Call For Congressional Leadership Reform (Part 2)

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10 Ways to Improve Leadership in Congress and Prevent the Next Government Shutdown

In Part 1 of “Call for Congressional Leadership”, Steve Goodrich shared five ways to improve Congress:

* Focus on America
* Make Decisions
* Change the Terms of Office
* Work Together to Plan for our Future
* Have a 20 Year Plan to Balance the Budget (for good) Read More


A Call For Congressional Leadership Reform (Part 1)

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10 Ways to Improve Leadership in Congress and Prevent the Next Government Shutdown

Our system of Congressional governance is in need of change, and it will take real courage to do it. This is a time to be practical, not political. With social insurance, healthcare, tax reform, immigration, and many other policy issues facing our nation and placing pressure on our finances, Congress needs to act, and the time is now. The following are some of my recommendations for stronger Congressional leadership: Read More

COE Co-Sponsors GTI Summit: Innovation & the Future of Government

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Steve Goodrich Podium GTI Summit (2014.01)Last week, The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. (COE) co-sponsored the first Government Transformation Summit, held by the Government Transformation Initiative (GTI) at the National Press Club. COE President and GTI Vice Chairman Steve Goodrich spoke at the summit alongside distinguished speakers David Walker, Former Comptroller General and Chairman of GTI, and Tom Davis, Director of GR at Deloitte LLP. Read More


Government Transformation: Leaning Forward Leads to Change

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Building a resilient, engaged, energized and motivated workforce is the first step toward government transformation.  One way to build resiliency is to encourage employees to Lean Forward.

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Federal employees (and their managers) must be willing to participate in the dialogue that leads to lasting solutions.  Employees should seek out opportunities to learn something new and push themselves to find the most efficient and effective way to solve our government’s problems. It takes courage to try a new approach and challenge the way things have always been done. But it’s that questioning and challenging of the status quo that leads to real improvement. Read More


Government Transformation Starts with You

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Last week I had the opportunity to deliver the welcoming remarks at Human Capital Management Government (HCMG 2013), a premier Federal conference for HR practitioners that COE is proud to sponsor for the fifth year in a row. The message I most wanted to share with the leadership in attendance is the importance of resilience. It is a difficult time for federal employees, who are demotivated by budget cuts, hiring freezes, furloughs, and fragmented, partisan leadership. But now more than ever, federal employees need to recognize that the power to transform government isn’t in Congress or agency leadership, or the person in the cube next to you---the power is in you.

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