Making Washington Work: Tales of Innovation in the Federal Government / Edition 1

Making Washington Work: Tales of Innovation in the Federal Government / Edition 1

by John D. Donahue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815718950

ISBN-13: 9780815718956

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Everybody knows federal agencies are brain-dead leviathans. Everybody knows that the watchword of federal management is "that's the way we've always done it." Everybody knows that any creativity within American government shows up only in the cities and states. Everybody's wrong. In 1995 the Ford Foundation's annual "Innovation in American Government" award

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Overview

Everybody knows federal agencies are brain-dead leviathans. Everybody knows that the watchword of federal management is "that's the way we've always done it." Everybody knows that any creativity within American government shows up only in the cities and states. Everybody's wrong. In 1995 the Ford Foundation's annual "Innovation in American Government" award competition was opened up to federal candidates and a third of the winners since then have been federal institutions. This book profiles the 14 federal award winners from 1995 to 1998 and challenges the conventional wisdom about the federal bureaucracy's capacity to adapt. Examples include the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which figured out how to identify and act upon business and government's shared stake in keeping dangerous products out of consumers' hands; and the Wage and Hour inspectors in the Labor Department, who deployed market leverage to put pressure on the garment-industry scofflaws whose sweatshops had evaded conventional enforcement. The stories show how pressure, promises, and professional pride can galvanize federal managers and front-line workers to overcome what are admittedly imposing impediments to change, and persevere with new ways to deliver on their missions. And they illustrate the unfashionable truth that innovation is within Washington's repertoire after all. Copublished with the Council for Excellence in Government

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815718956
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
1Jamming in the Symphony1
2Fast Track Product Recall19
3Transforming Military Supply34
4Shutting Down Sweatshops47
5Collecting Taxes by Telephone59
6Banishing Chlorofluorocarbons71
7Boosting Legal Hiring83
8Sharing Tricks to Pare Costs93
9Reclaiming Relevance104
10Motivating Job Safety114
11Collaborative Stewardship128
12Reforging the Community Connection145
13Getting New Drugs on the Market159
14Rebuilding Disaster Management174
15Keeping Pensions Secure187
Index205

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