Opportunities for Management when Budgeting

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The report draws on insights from a recent roundtable of experts and stakeholders in government budgeting, technology, and management.

On behalf of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC) and the IBM Center
for The Business of Government, we are pleased to present this new report,
Opportunities for Management when Budgeting, by Steve Redburn of George
Washington University.

Roundtable participants
explored ways of increasing the impact of government management
initiatives, including shared services, and gaining greater traction for management
initiatives in the budget process—with Congress, in the Office of
Management and Budget, and across federal agencies. Discussion addressed
how budget development and execution can be used to support gains in the federal
government’s administrative efficiency and to accelerate ongoing efforts to
increase its capacity to perform.

Drawing on these perspectives, the author outlines a series of challenges and
opportunities for using the government’s budget process to improve results in
numerous management areas, including technology, analytics, and shared services.
The report offers specific practical recommendations to achieve such
objectives, including near-, mid-, and longer-term steps that the government can
take in budget development, congressional review, and budget execution.

This report builds on prior reports about budget and management reforms
released by the IBM Center, including Mobilizing Capital Investment to
Modernize Government
(also released in collaboration with SSLC) and
Transforming Government Through Technology (released based on a companion
report, The Government We Need, from the Technology CEO Council).

We hope this analysis provides decision makers with guidance to help them frame new approaches to reform
the budget process in ways that lead to better management outcomes.

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