Your Mission: Question Everything

For anyone over the age of 40, the word “mission” cannot help but conjure up images of rockets, moon landings and brave astronauts. As President John F. Kennedy said in his famous speech at Rice...

Let’s Ask Alice If Outcomes Are Important

As the Cheshire Cat tells us, if you don't know where you are going, any path will get you there. This suggests that if you are not clear about what you, your agency and your team are to...

Transforming Government through Reorganization

Steve Goodrich, CEO of the Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. (COE) and author of “Transforming Government,” was invited on Government Matters TV to discuss the Trump Administration’s...

Three Killer B’s of Government Effectiveness

We love discourse and debate as much as anyone, but on the topic of government effectiveness and efficiency, there are so many pundits giving opinions on what makes government more effective, it’s...

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work

On March 13, President Trump issued an executive order for a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. It calls for the OMB director and agency heads to develop plans for improving the...

Why Do We Sometimes Insulate Ourselves from the Truth?

It’s an interesting phenomenon we observe during this election season, the adoration of a candidate or perhaps unrelenting allegiance regardless of their position or their truthfulness on an issue....

Two years in: A Look at the Current Status of the DATA Act

At just over two years old, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) has progressed towards implementation of its key provisions in May 2017, but progress has faced some key...

Establishing a Federal Employee Personnel Number: A Unique ID to Replace the SSN

How can OPM eliminate SSN from electronic records held by OPM? How can OMB implement an alternate ID for Federal employees to replace the SSN as the employee ID?“In 1962, The Civil Service...

No Big Proposals in State of the Union for Feds

COE's Steve Goodrich speaks as a guest on "Federal Drive" with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio. As promised, last night's State of the Union speech from President Barack Obama was relatively short on...