The President's Office of Management and Budget is trying hard to engage the federal government 8,000 senior executives in fixing the federal bureaucracy. The deputy director of OMB sent a thirteen-page memo to members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) this week outlining its agenda for reform. The memo was gentle but strong. It called on the SESers to do their part in pushing reform. If they don't buy into the administration's effort, there is virtually no chance that the agenda will succeed.
By Paul Light | September 15, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (1)
Big government has become the big issue on the campaign trail as Republicans look for ways of tying the sluggish economy to the Democrats. Yet, Democrats have yet to answer. Their rhetoric about fixing government is tepid at best, nonexistent at worst. They seem terrified to take on the drumbeat of Republican promises for hiring and pay freezes and wholesale dismantling of government agencies.
By Paul Light | August 25, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (40)