High Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, by Robert Klitgaard, Paul C. Light

By Robert Klitgaard, Paul C. Light

In a single of crucial opinions of U.S. govt in additional than a decade, the 2003 record of the Volcker fee pulled no punches in describing an underperforming, dysfunctional U.S. govt. The commission's file instructed advancements in reorganization, management, and function, yet stopped in need of specifying the way to positioned its suggestions into perform. In High-Performace executive: constitution, management, Incentives specialists from the RAND company supply sensible how one can reorganize and restructure, increase management, and create versatile, performance-driven organisations. Edited by means of Robert Klitgaard, Dean and Ford uncommon Professor of overseas improvement and defense on the Pardee RAND Graduate university, and Paul C. mild, Founding Director of the heart for Public provider on the Brookings establishment and Senior Adviser to the Volcker fee, this new booklet offers an leading edge procedure for rethinking executive. This publication seems to be at examples of profitable reforms and examines what could be realized from them to enhance the way in which our executive works. High-Performance executive comprises a gap dialogue via Robert Klitgaards, the entire textual content of the Volcker fee record, and a dozen chapters by means of senior RAND researchers. those chapters talk about the best way to confront the demanding situations posed by way of the altering position and lengthening uncertainty of presidency; restructure less than the limitations of structural politics; reorganize the nationwide safety equipment; tailor public-private partnerships to specific wishes; reform the procedure of presidential appointments; improve management and incentives within the civil carrier; and masses extra.

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Senator George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) was Ranking Member of the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia. 52 High-Performance Government PROMISING APPROACHES TO PERSONNEL REFORM Office of Personnel Management Initiatives to Modernize Federal Personnel Practices OPM manages governmentwide the Human Capital Initiative of the President’s Management Agenda. 1. Held government’s first “virtual job fair” in April 2002, which drew more than 20,000 applications for 270 available jobs.

Changes in federal personnel systems will have limited impact if they are not accompanied by significant change in the operating structure of the executive branch. This is why we begin our recommendations with an emphasis on issues of organization. Every agency has—or should have—a clear mission with structures and processes that follow from their particular responsibilities. With rare exception, agencies with related mandates should fit together in a broad organizational scheme that permits and encourages constructive interaction rather than battles over turf.

But it is not enough to call for large-scale organizational changes. These changes will not be effective without able public servants who are equipped and motivated to do their best in implementing public policies. And it is equally true that new approaches to recruiting and managing federal employees cannot be effective without a complementary organizational framework. Tinkering around the edges is not enough. Decades of disjointed tinkering, in fact, have contributed to many of the problems we must now correct.

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