The Obama administration has no objection in principle to a Mexican government policy change to centralize contact with the United States over counternarcotics efforts, but how to implement that change remains unresolved, a State Department official told a May 23 House panel.
The United States Agency for International Development received the Best Government Policy for Mobile Development award during Mobile World Congress. The agency was recognized for establishing a dedicated mobile solutions team focused on leveraging mobile technology to address economic issues and gender disparities worldwide, according to a USAID announcement.
The United States should help develop the Malian government's administrative and military capabilities to reduce the threat of terrorism in Mali and northern Africa, says a report from the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
"I don't think we can continue to depend on the emotional response to a particular crisis as continuing to be the driver that allows individuals--and sometimes even philanthropy at the foundation and corporate level--to be the thing that deploys resources," said Tony Pipa, deputy assistant to the administration within the U.S. Agency for International Development bureau of policy, planning, and learning.
The Office of Management and Budget has considerably slowed down the pace of its TechStat reviews of agency information technology programs. OMB held only five TechStat meetings in 2011, and as of September, six in 2012, documents obtained by FierceGovernmentIT through a Freedom of Information Act request (.pdf) show.
For at least the fifth year in a row, the White House says Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela have demonstrably failed during the previous year in counternarcotics efforts. As in previous years, the determinations state that national interests require continuance of aid programs to Bolivia and Venezuela. The fiscal 2013 determination is the first to say so for Burma.
Almost all agencies have established goals for their enterprise architecture, but executing on those goals is another challenge entirely, according to a Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) published Sept. 26. All 27 agencies reviewed in the report have fully or partially-defined goals, but only 11 have fully or partially established metrics for assessing their architectures and only five have fully or partially measured outcomes and benefits, say report authors.
"People in the government have only used data.gov to open and release data. It's never been used as an interactive platform to actually crowdsource," said Stephanie Grosser, presidential management fellow at USAID.
"When I see analysis of generational issues, it's very often oriented toward personality traits in a way that I find to be very superficial," said Dave Uejio, lead for talent acquisition at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
One reason research and development incubators, such as DARPA, are able to bring new solutions to government's problems is that they take on some of risk that a venture capital firm or industry may