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A Chief Government Performance Officer

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Eric Bergrud’s International Civil Engagement blog discusses a published interview with Don Kettl in which he calls for a Chief Performance Officer in the US Government.  It’s a good idea.   Here’s why:

It isn’t so important that someone focus on how things get done as Kettl claims, but that someone focuses on focusing.  A key aspect of technocracy is getting to a target, that is, acquiring a goal.  Turns out that organizations aren’t half bad at doing things once they know what they are doing.  The question is, what are we trying to do?  That’s where a chief performance officer could pay big dividends for government.

Hard to convince politicians of that though.  They believe they know all about what must be done.

I see politicians as more like corporate directors.  They guide and push management.  They don’t…do or even specify what might be done.  That’s an ideal of course.


Written by ryanlanham

January 3, 2009 at 1:56 am

Posted in Who rules?

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