|May 29, 1997, Vol. 3, No. 5|
Help is on the way. Eleven federal agencies are collaborating to establish a one-stop Web site to facilitate state and local government access to federal information. NPR and the Government Information Technology Services Board's Intergovernmental Enterprise Panel are co-sponsors.
Beverly Godwin, who heads NPR's interagency activities and chairs the intergovernmental team, believes the new Web site, the U.S. State and Local Gateway, will provide the answer by cutting across all federal agency resources and arraying the information by topic (e.g. economic development, education, or disaster relief). This should offer a more efficient way for states and localities to get information.
Godwin invites other federal agencies involved with state and local governments to join.
If your agency has funding, information, or regulations that affect states and localities, please contact the appropriate issue leaders: Education, Gary Hanna (Ed), (202) 401-0429 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Workforce Development, George Koch (DOL), 202-219-7674 ext. 162 or email@example.com; and Timothy Jennings (DOL), 202-219-6141 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Disaster Relief/Emergency Preparedness, Phil Cogan (FEMA), 202-646-4600 or email@example.com
One-Stop Web Site for State and Local Government Employees
Family Support/Social Services/Welfare Reform/Children, Richard Silva ( HHS), 202-401- 6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Infrastructure/Public Works/Transportation, Donna Avallone (DOT), 202-366-9037 or email@example.com; Environment/Natural Resources/Energy, Maggie Thielen (EPA), 202-260-4733 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Public Safety/Drug Control/Crime, Karen Evans, (202) 307-6828 or email@example.com; Economic-Community Development, Candi Harrison, 202-708-1547 or Candis_B._Harrison@hud.gov; Housing/Homelessness, Candi Harrison, see previous; Budget/Finance/Taxation, Brad Leonard (NPR), 703-739-0056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If your agency's information does not fall into any of these topics, please contact Nancy Singer at NPR at (202) 632-0174 or email@example.com.
Congressman Stephen Horn, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Government Management, has announced a hearing on these reports at 9:30 a.m. on June 3 in room 2154 of the Rayburn Building.
OMB's May report said that the performance measurement pilots showed that virtually every activity done by government can be measured in some manner, although federally-funded programs administered by state and local government are a particular challenge. OMB did not designate managerial accountability and flexibility pilots, partly because of the successes of NPR's reinventing government initiative helped create a new kind of federal testing arena the Act couldn't foresee. Reinvention activities included sweeping away the bulk of the Federal Personnel Manual, setting up reinvention labs to test more flexible management practices, and developing "templates" that describe already existing flexibilities in personnel and other management areas. The report said that lab waivers were easier to obtain that those from OMB.
An April GAO report, GPRA: Managerial Accountability and Flexibility Pilot Did Not Work As Intended (GAO/GGD-97-36) essentially said the same thing. The June GAO report is pending.
GAO reports may be ordered by calling (202) 512-6000. The first copy is free. GAO reports are on the Internet. Visit GAO's web site www.gao.gov.
NPR has posted the Office of Management and Budget's May 1997 report and many other resources, case studies, training opportunities and other documents related to the Results Act at a one-stop web page. Visit Managing for Results.