The Performance Institute Welcomes Rob Corcoran, Renowned Emergency Operations and Transportation Expert

August 3, Alexandria, VAThe Performance Institute (PI) is proud to announce Rob Corcoran as PI Fellow focused on emergency operation and transportation issues. Corcoran has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies focused on improving emergency response, situational awareness, and IT systems, as well as research, training, and program management consulting.

Corcoran has more than 31 years of professional experience and is a subject matter expert for Emergency Operations and Transportation topics. He helped to establish the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Command and Control Communications (C3) Program, and played a key role in building and integrating new technology programs such as EON, ADAPT, FAA mobility, FAA land mobile radio, and WiFi systems. During his six years in the FAA C3 program office, Rob also led the FAA’s Communication Support Team, a first-responder effort to facilitate the restoration of aviation assets following a natural/man-made disaster and support of transportation accident investigations.  He also spent 13 years as an emergency operations officer for the FAA, responding to adverse events impacting transportation on both a regional and global basis.

“Rob’s ‘on-the-ground’ experience gives him unique insight into all facets of response and emergency preparation,” says Diane Denholm, Executive Director of The Performance Institute.  “We are very excited to welcome him as a PI Fellow and look forward to sharing his hands-on knowledge, insights, and leadership in the field of emergency operations and transportation.”

“My experience in the government, emergency response, and the transportation sector has provided me with a deep understanding of the issues surrounding emergency operations and preparedness.” says Corcoran. “I look forward to collaborating with government responders and with the experts at The Performance Institute to make help make a positive impact on government performance.”

Performance Institute Fellows provide thought leadership, and hands-on expertise to clients; advancing PI’s mission to transfer knowledge to transform government organizations.

About The Performance Institute

The Performance Institute (PI) is a leading nonpartisan, private think tank and the nation’s leading authority and repository on performance-based management practices for government. Through best practice research, strategic consulting services, interactive training programs, and national conferences on performance-related issues, PI provides cutting edge expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies to solve operational and managerial challenges and enhance individual, managerial and organizational performance. PI administers the Certified Government Performance Manager (CGPM) program to help build strategy and performance management competencies across all levels of government.  More information about The Performance Institute can be found at www.performanceinstitute.org.

 

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Presidential Transitions Agenda Takes Shape as Recommendations Released on Performance Management

Transitions in Governance 2016 Initiative Releases Recommendations from its First Town Hall Dialogue

July 27, 2015 – Washington, DCTransitions in Governance 2016, a bipartisan coalition of 16 good government groups, has released the first in a series of possible reforms to help the next President improve the management of the federal government.  The recommendations were devised during an expert panel held in Washington DC on May 6, 2015 featuring current and former Administration officials from both Democratic and Republican Administrations.

“Every new Administration comes into office promising to fix long-standing management problems in the federal bureaucracy, but they quickly learn that changing the way government does business is incredibly difficult,” notes Carl DeMaio, a Senior Fellow at The Performance Institute who serves as the project’s director. “The coalition’s goal is to flag some of the biggest challenges a new Administration will face and offer thoughtful recommendations and reforms for consideration.”

The first round of recommendations focus on Performance Management, specifically how the new Administration can set accountability goals for federal programs, measure and evaluate government performance, reduce duplication and overlap, and foster innovative approaches to solve problems.

Federal employees and the general public are now asked to vote on which reforms they support the most – and votes will be tallied and the best proposals emphasized by the coalition.  Among the proposals now open for voting: creating a Performance Commission to evaluate program performance and consolidate programs, creating a venture-capital fund to improve government performance, expanding Pay for Success initiatives to encourage innovation, establishing a State and Local Government Performance Office within OMB, and creating a government-wide Chief Operating Officer to tackle major management challenges.  Vote on the just-released proposed Performance Management reforms here.

Additional packages of reforms will be released on other key management challenges as the Transitions in Governance Initiative has scheduled a total of ten expert panels to devise ideas. Learn more about Transitions in Governance 2016 here.

Transitions in Governance 2016 coalition members:

grouped coalition logos 5-21-2015

About The Performance Institute

The Performance Institute (PI) is a leading nonpartisan, private think tank helping public and private sector organizations understand performance-based information, and use it to improve effectiveness and efficiency to drive measurable results. Through best practice research, strategic consulting services, interactive training programs, and national conferences on performance-related issues, PI provides cutting edge expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies to solve operational and managerial challenges and enhance individual, managerial and organizational performance. PI administers the Certified Government Performance Manager (CGPM) program to help build strategy and performance management competencies across all levels of government.  More information about The Performance Institute can be found at www.performanceinstitute.org.

 

 

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The Performance Institute Hosts Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) Event

DC think tank welcomes FirstNet Director along with Federal, State, and Local officials of the NPSBN community for second of three policy forums

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 10, 2015

Today, The Performance Institute (PI) hosts Edward Parkinson, Director of Government Affairs, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and other leaders and members of the nationwide security, public safety, and emergency-response community to offer a working session to break down, step-by-step, the operational activity needed to get ready for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

Ray Lehr, PI Fellow, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband, helps moderate the second of three public policy forums on this mission-critical topic, “How to get Ready for FirstNet—Strategy, Architecture, and Security.” The timing cannot be better as FirstNet’s recently released Draft RFP makes it clear that the process necessary for the successful design, deployment, operation, and sustainability of the NPSBN is complex.

Joining Lehr is Alma Cole, PI Fellow, Cyber Security. “It took a united effort by dedicated and diverse groups to ensure the creation of FirstNet and the funding and spectrum to take the NPSBN a step closer to reality,” says Lehr. “Now, it will take this group of public safety organizations, governmental groups, along with commercial and manufacturing groups, and nonprofits, to ensure first responders have a reliable network when the next crisis hits.”

In late 2014, the NPSBN community came together for the first PI policy forum to discuss such topics as the benefits of early adoption; building a road map for finance, technology, and architecture; and organizational strategies. “The Performance Institute is proud to be a part of the NPSBN community of dedicated professionals from federal, state, and local government agencies who are proactive, involved, and leading the transition to public safety broadband,” says Diane Denholm, PI’s Executive Director. “As we continue to build upon our rich history of providing strategic planning, performance measurement, and management leadership, it is a privilege to be a part of helping build a community to address important mission-critical public policy topics such as the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.”

PI will host an additional policy forum in late 2015. To learn more, visit http://www.performanceinstitute.org/broadband

About The Performance Institute

Called “the leading think tank in performance measurement for government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices, work with limited budgets and improve efficiency in government to improve delivery of citizen services. The Performance Institute publishes research reports regarding performance management initiatives and trains thousands of government managers.

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The Performance Institute Welcomes Public Safety Professional Dedicated to Seeing FirstNet Designed, Deployed, and Operational

Newest PI Fellow, Ray Lehr, Brings over 40 Years of Public Safety Experience to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network Discussion

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 23, 2015

The Performance Institute (PI) is proud to announce Ray Lehr as its PI Fellow, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. With a focus on the needs and concerns of federal, state, and local communications, he’s a tireless FirstNet proponent, working to get the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) designed, deployed, and operational for today’s needs, as well as planning for the operation, maintenance, and upgrade of the network in a reliable and cost effective manner for decades to come.

As a Senior Consultant, Lehr now works with the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Interoperable Nationwide Advanced Communications MACINAC (MD, VA, DE, PA, and WV) to insure the deployment is seamless in the FEMA Region 3. With PI, he provides the FirstNet community and other government leaders with guidance in the latest NPSBN research, training, and performance consulting.

Ray’s practical experience as a former Fire Chief and Incident Commander along with his work with many state and local officials on state-of-the-art public safety technology, gives him a strong understanding of the complexity of this new challenge. “It took a united effort by dedicated and diverse groups to ensure the creation of FirstNet and the funding and spectrum to take the NPSBN a step closer to reality,” says Lehr. “Now, it will take this group of public safety organizations, governmental groups, along with commercial and manufacturing groups, and nonprofits, to ensure first responders have a reliable network when the next crisis hits.”

Performance Institute Fellows provide thought leadership and hands-on expertise to clients, advancing PI’s mission to transfer knowledge to transform government organizations.

About The Performance Institute

Named “The Leading Think Tank in Performance Measurement for Government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices to work with limited budgets and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government. PI conducts policy forums, publishes research reports and provides training on performance-based topics. PI administers the Certified Government Performance Manager (CGPM) program to help build strategy and performance management competencies across government.

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Bipartisan Coalition Launches Transitions in Governance 2016 Initiative to Devise Government Reform Agenda

A series of Town Hall Dialogues focusing on major federal topics is set to begin in May 2015.

April 13, 2015 – Alexandria, VA – How can the next Administration and Congress avoid management mistakes and improve the performance of the federal government? That is just one of the questions that a bipartisan coalition of 16 good government groups seeks to answer with the launch of Transitions in Governance 2016.

“Every new Administration comes into office promising to fix long-standing management problems in the federal bureaucracy, but they quickly learn that changing the way government does business is incredibly difficult,” notes Carl DeMaio, a Senior Fellow at The Performance Institute who will serve as the project’s director.

Drawing on officials from both Democratic and Republican Administrations, the Initiative will capture candid observations from leaders who have attempted to implement management reforms in government in the past. Ten Town Hall Dialogues on a wide-range of government reform topic areas will be held with these current and former Administration officials over the next 18 months. The first forum convenes on May 6, 2015 in Washington D.C. and tackles the topic of planning, measuring, and evaluating the performance of Administration initiatives and federal programs.

“Our coalition’s goal is to flag some of the biggest challenges a new Administration will face and offering thoughtful recommendations and reforms for consideration,” says DeMaio who also served as an advisor on government reform issues to President George W. Bush.

“Initiatives like Transitions in Governance 2016 can help a new Administration travel a steep learning curve quicker,” notes Al Burman who oversaw federal contracting in the Clinton Administration.

Through a series of online surveys, the general public and current federal employees are welcome to submit their own ideas and vote on proposed reforms as they are released. The first survey is available online here. Learn more at http://www.transitions2016.org.

About The Performance Institute

The Performance Institute (PI) is a leading nonpartisan, private think tank and the nation’s leading authority and repository on performance-based management practices for government. Through best practice research, strategic consulting services, interactive training programs, and national conferences on performance-related issues issues, PI provides cutting edge expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies to solve operational and managerial challenges and enhance individual, managerial and organizational performance. PI administers the Certified Government Performance Manager (CGPM) program to help build strategy and performance management competencies across all levels of government.  More information about The Performance Institute can be found at www.performanceinstitute.org.

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Carl DeMaio Returns to The Performance Institute

Founder to Spearhead “Transitions to Governance 2016” Initiative and Innovation Efforts

 March 5, 2015, Alexandria, VAThe Performance Institute (PI) is pleased to announce Carl DeMaio as a Senior Fellow focused on government reform and innovation efforts.  In this role, he leads PI’s efforts to provide knowledge and advice to both elected and career government officials on a wide range of government reform topics including performance management, workforce transformation, program redesign, budget efficiencies, process improvement, acquisition and partnerships, and leadership of major change initiatives. DeMaio founded The Performance Institute in 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2008 when he stepped down to enter elected politics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carl back to The Performance Institute,” said Diane Denholm, Executive Director of PI. “We look forward to Carl’s insight and passion as we build on the foundational vision of PI to address the evolving challenges faced by today’s government leaders.”

While serving on the San Diego City Council from 2008 – 2012, DeMaio helped define and implement a series of reforms that helped save that city from bankruptcy while improving service quality to citizens.  DeMaio has authored numerous reform proposals at the federal, state, and local levels of government and guided the successful implementation of those proposals with both elected and career officials.

“My entire career has been focused on improving the performance and transparency of government at all levels,” DeMaio said. “I’m excited to return to The Performance Institute and look forward to continuing this very important work.”

DeMaio will spearhead PI’s Transition to Governance 2016 Initiative that features a series of Town Hall forums designed to develop federal management reform recommendations for the next Administration to consider. The project mirrors a similar project he led for PI in 2000 that helped shape federal management reform policy for more than a decade.

PI Fellows provide thought leadership, and hands-on expertise and to clients; advancing PI’s mission to transfer knowledge to transform government organizations.

About The Performance Institute

Named “The Leading Think Tank in Performance Measurement for Government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, PI works to share best practices to work with limited budgets and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government. PI conducts policy forums, publishes research reports and provides training on performance-based topics. PI administers the Certified Government Performance Manager (CGPM) program to help build strategy and performance management competencies across government. http://www.performanceinstitute.org

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The Performance Institute and AGA Host Virtual Government Performance Summit

For the First Time, Participants Will be Able to Attend the Performance Event of the Year Virtually from anywhere in the Country

 

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 12, 2015

Registration is now open as The Performance Institute (PI) joins AGA to present the 15th Annual Government Performance Summit in Washington D.C. New this year, participants can attend the annual conference virtually from anywhere in the country, allowing for a full-scale conference experience without further stretching already tight budgets.

The two-day summit takes place on May 4 and 5 at the Marriott Metro Center, Washington D.C. and is expected to draw hundreds of performance management professionals. Meanwhile, virtual attendees will be able to log in via their computers, tablets, or smartphones, and attend the event in real-time. Virtual attendees will be able to listen to speakers, view presentations, ask questions, and access sponsor information.

This year’s theme, “Putting Performance to Work,” emphasizes the effort of professionals in all levels of government and in the private sector who use performance information in critical organizational processes such as budgeting, resource allocation, employee motivation, contracting, and improving services. This year’s event presents financial and performance professionals with hands-on workshops on improving program effectiveness and updates regarding the newest innovations in grants, budgeting, performance, finance, and more.

“Today’s executives and managers recognize the impact that the use of performance information can have on planning and day-to-day operations. With this event, we will highlight programs and organizations that are improving missions through the use of performance information and the tools they are using to achieve their goals,” explains Diane Denholm, PI’s Executive Director.

“We are looking forward to working once again with PI,” says Ann M. Ebberts, AGA Chief Executive Officer. “GPS takes financial and performance professionals beyond traditional approaches to new and innovative strategies that not only monitor goals, but use performance information to inform decision making and drive mission success.”

Whether an individual plans to attend the summit in person or virtually, registration is now open for the 15th Annual Government Performance Summit in Washington D.C. Learn more at http://www.governmentperformance.org.

About The Performance Institute
Called “the leading think tank in performance measurement for government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices, work with limited budgets and improve efficiency in government to improve delivery of citizen services. The Performance Institute publishes research reports regarding performance management initiatives and trains thousands of government managers every year on performance-based topics. Visit online at: http://www.performanceinstitute.org.

About AGA
AGA is the member organization for financial professionals in government. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our networking events, professional certification, publications, and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers. http://www.agacgfm.org

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Jackson Examines the Requirements Problem at Project Summit Business Analyst World in DC

Key Contributor to ‘The Problem with Requirements’ Robbins Gioia’s Senior Director, Requirements and Business Analysis, Douglas Jackson Discusses The Performance Institute’s Research

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 27, 2015

The Performance Institute (PI) is proud to announce that Robbins Gioia’s Douglas Jackson, Senior Director, Requirements and Business Analysis, is to present PI’s latest research. His May 5 session at theProject Summit Business Analyst World in Washington, DC examines the root causes of the requirements problems within large, complex, and high-value projects and actionable advice.

“Requirements are the bridge between desires and reality, and therefore fundamentally shape the outcomes of change initiatives,” Jackson explains. The conference, offered in partnership with IIBA© Baltimore and IIBA© DC Metro, is a fitting platform to present the work that examines the “requirements problem” and its causes and solutions. The resulting report, “The Problem with Requirements: Why Is it Still a Problem?” explores the root causes of the requirements problem.

Jackson, a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), draws on over 20 years of professional experience to impart practical knowledge on avoiding common pitfalls of requirements management. He will also discuss how employing business analysis tactics and soft skills help improve a project’s chances of success.

For more information about the study, go tohttp://www.performanceinstitute.org/requirements-problem/

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The Performance Institute and AGA Present the 15th Annual Government Performance Summit

For the second consecutive year, The Performance Institute (PI) is joining AGA to bring together professionals from the performance and financial community for the annual Government Performance Summit in Washington D.C. This year’s theme, “Putting Performance to Work,” emphasizes the effort of professionals in all levels of government and in the private sector who use performance information in critical organizational processes such as budgeting, resource allocation, employee motivation, contracting, and improving services.

Registration is now open for the two-day summit set to take place on May 4 and 5 at the Marriott Metro Center, Washington D.C. This year’s event presents financial and performance professionals with hands-on workshops on improving program effectiveness and updates regarding the newest innovations in grants, budgeting, performance, finance, and more.
“Today’s performance and financial managers recognize the impact that the use of performance information can have on planning and day-to-day operations. With this event, we will highlight programs and organizations that are improving missions through the use of performance information and the tools they are using to achieve their goals,” explains Diane Denholm, PI’s Executive Director.

“We are looking forward to working once again with PI,” says Ann M. Ebberts, AGA Chief Executive Officer. “GPS takes financial and performance professionals beyond traditional approaches to new and inventive strategies that not only monitor goals, but use performance information to drive mission success.”

Be sure to learn more at http://www.governmentperformance.org.

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Jackson Examines the Requirements Problem at IIBA® Conference

Key Contributor to ‘The Problem with Requirements: Why is it Still a Problem?’ Robbins Gioia’s Senior Director, Requirements and Business Analysis, Douglas Jackson Discusses the Latest Research from The Performance Institute

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

Senior Director, Requirements and Business Analysis, Douglas Jackson of Robbins Gioia (RG) to present exclusive findings from The Performance Institute’s (PI) newest research. His November 6 session at the International Institute of Business Analysis® (IIBA®) 2014 Building Business Capability in Florida examines the root causes of the requirements problems within large, complex, and high-value projects.

Earlier this year, Robbins Gioia (RG) joined Blueprint in sponsoring PI’s research for “The Problem with Requirements: Why is it Still a Problem?” This report addresses the most critical issues at the root of the requirements problem and outlines actionable advice for organizations that need to make their next projects successful. “Survey results indicated that over sixty-two percent of organizations experienced one or more challenges in over thirty percent of projects,” Jackson says. “Almost eleven percent felt that one hundred percent of projects launched with those challenges.”

A Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) with over 20 years of experience, Jackson will offer an in-depth look at PI’s findings. Attendees will learn that the majority of organizations experience the same challenges and have similar top problem areas. Jackson will discuss solutions and explain how simple business analysis tactics and soft skills can improve projects success.

For more information about the study, go to:http://www.performanceinstitute.org/requirements-problem/

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Denholm Joins The Performance Institute as Executive Director

Focused on Organizational Performance Management, Denholm Moves PI Forward with its Public and Private Sector, Mission-Critical Undertaking

Alexandria, Va (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

The Performance Institute (PI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Denholm as Executive Director. Denholm brings 26 years of experience in helping government organizations improve performance. Her federal knowledge includes 10 years as a government employee managing and leading performance and quality improvement projects at the U.S. Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

In her new role, Diane will build upon PI’s rich, 15-year history of providing performance measurement and management leadership. Under her lead, PI is poised to help leadership better ensure their Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement and Management, and Business Process Improvement projects are effective. In addition, she will lead PI to conduct policy forums on important mission critical performance topics such as Shared Services, Cyber Security and National Public Safety Broadband.

“Diane’s wealth of experience developing improved strategies and processes at the highest levels in government provides a new dimension to The Performance Institute’s long track record in advancing government performance,” explains Jon Desenberg, PI’s Director of Policy. “We are so pleased to have her leadership, talent, and skill set with us to take the Institute to the next level.”

Denholm has led a performance management consulting practice of over 230 professionals as a principal at a global accounting and management consulting firm. She is a recognized speaker and frequently appeared at events sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants, Potomac Forum, National Council of Public Private Partnerships, and the Association of Military Comptrollers. Holding a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University, she has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional. “Given my personal passion for improving government results, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the government’s top think tank for performance,” she says.

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Helping Agencies Measure Security Posture and Establish Meaningful Cybersecurity Performance Goals

Meet Alma R. Cole, The Performance Institute’s 2014 Fellow

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

The Performance Institute (PI) is very proud to announce Alma R. Cole as a 2014 Performance Fellow. Cole, a senior leader with vast experience managing cybersecurity organizations within the Department of Homeland Security, is named as PI’s Cybersecurity Fellow.

“Given our dependence on technology at no time has cybersecurity been more important or more in the headlines; however, organizations continue to struggle to understand and manage cyber risk. The dynamic nature of cyber threats and vulnerabilities require ongoing adaptation of defenses. The best of breed technologies should be combined with processes and procedures which are optimized for each individual organization so that cyber risk management activities are integrated into the lifeblood of the organization,” says Cole.

PI Fellows provide thought leadership, strategic direction, and hands-on expertise in expanding the Institute’s work; advancing its mission to meet the critical issues and challenges facing organizations and governments.

“Mr. Cole supports and participates in the Council on Cyber Security,” explains PI’s Executive Director, Bruce Anich. “ He is a key participant on the panel that was responsible for updating the Critical Security Controls and helped to facilitate sessions with The Performance Institute. We at PI are extremely excited to have Mr. Cole help us support the use of the Critical Security Controls as a Framework Profile to support organizations that are adopting the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

Cole, who served as the Chief Systems Security Officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Department of Homeland Security, says, “I am extremely honored to join PI as a 2014 fellow. Recent years have seen an alarming rise in cyber threat activity designed to disrupt our country’s critical infrastructure and steal sensitive information from both the U.S. government and private sector. My goal is to help organizations address these challenges with an effective and comprehensive cyber strategy and develop strategic priorities and architectures to provide resiliency against cyber attacks and espionage.”

Find out more about The Performance Institute Fellows: http://www.performanceinstitute.org/fellows/.

 

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Extraordinary Performance Professional Who Represents Cutting Edge Broadband Vision

Meet John Santo, The Performance Institute’s First 2014 Fellow

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

The Performance Institute (PI) is very proud to announce its first 2014 Performance Fellow. John Santo Jr., a former government executive with wide-ranging experience in secure communications technology, is named as PI’s National Public Safety Broadband Network Fellow. A senior executive leader with more than 34 years of federal service, Santo is moving ahead with a sound vision for transforming Federal mission-critical wireless communication.

PI’s Fellows provide thought leadership, strategic direction, and hands-on expertise in expanding the Institute’s work; advancing its mission to meet the critical issues and challenges facing organizations and governments.

“As the Executive Director for Enterprise Networks and Technology Support, Mr. Santo led an organization responsible for stewarding the successful design, implementation, and operation of the Department of Homeland Security Enterprise-Wide Area IT Network-DHS OneNet. As the Interim Executive Program Director for the high-visibility SBInet, he led a very successful re-plan of the ailing program,” says PI’s Executive Director, Bruce Anich. “We at PI are extremely excited to have Mr. Santo help us support our Public Safety Broadband efforts to help improve government performance as we continue our work at the federal, state, and local levels.”

Santo’s executive experience has breadth and depth in technology and security fields, consisting of Secure Mission-Critical Communications Technology, Border & Port Security Technology, Information Technology, and Law Enforcement & Investigative Technology. “On the heels of my government career, I remain passionate in my vision to advance the tools and capabilities used by the men and women who stand on the frontlines of public safety in America today. In pursuit of that goal, it is with both pleasure and excitement that I join PI as its first 2014 fellow,” says Santo. “My background in Law Enforcement, Information Technology, and Acquisition Program Management will fit in well with PI’s efforts to help improve government performance at the federal, state, and local level and in assisting agencies understand the transformational opportunity associated with the coming of a National Public Safety Broadband Network.”

Find out more about The Performance Institute Fellows: http://www.performanceinstitute.org/fellows/

About The Performance Institute

Named “The Leading Think Tank in Performance Measurement for Government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices, work with limited budgets, and improve efficiency in government to improve delivery of citizen services. PI publishes research reports regarding performance management initiatives and trains more than 10,000 government managers per year on performance-based topics. Dedicated to improving citizen services and taxpayer transparency, the Institute uses a best practices foundation to deliver the most effective and tested methodologies for improving performance. http://www.performanceinstitute.org

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The Performance Institute Uncovers Causes of Persistent Software Requirements Problem

Latest Research Exposes Top Five Issues with Application Requirements

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 22, 2014

The Performance Institute (PI) joins Blueprint Software Systems Inc. to announce the release of a new study that examines the root causes of requirements problems within large, complex, and high-value projects. “The Problem with Requirements: Why is it Still a Problem,” identifies the most critical issues at the root of the requirements problem and outlines actionable advice for organizations that want to make their next critical projects, successful.

Given the number of projects that companies deliver late, go over budget, and miss the mark completely when it comes to business need, poor requirements—a major contributing factor to project failures—continue to be a major problem. Robbins Gioia helped complete this groundbreaking report that sought answers to two basic, but persistent questions:

  •     Why haven’t organizations been able to effectively address the requirements problem?
  •      In organizations that have made improvements, what actions have had the biggest impact?

 

“In releasing this study on understating persistent problems with requirements, The Performance Institute and Blueprint offer recommendations to help our commercial and federal clients make informed decisions on their most critical issues. The findings from this research provide organization’s change agents with the information they need to justify the importance of a unified, enterprise-wide requirements management methodology,” says Bruce Anich, Executive Director, The Performance Institute.

“What we found is enlightening,” explains Tony Higgins, Vice President of Blueprint, a sponsor of the report. “The research uncovers five main issues that lead to the ‘requirements problem’ that all organizations face today. And while the report unveils the most prevalent causes of organizations’ requirements problems, it also helps those who are facing these same challenges to understand these issues and how to address them.”

Available for immediate download is the white paper, “Solving the Requirements Problem—Once and For All” and Blueprint’s instructive infographic. Click http://www.performanceinstitute.org/requirements-problem/ for more.

About the Performance Institute
Called “the leading think tank in performance measurement for government” on OMB’s ExpectMore.gov, The Performance Institute (http://www.performanceinstitute.org) has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices, work with limited budgets and improve efficiency in government to improve delivery of citizen services. The Performance Institute publishes research reports regarding performance management initiatives and trains more than 10,000 government managers per year on performance-based topics. Dedicated to improving citizen services and taxpayer transparency, the Institute uses a best-practices foundation to deliver the most effective and tested methodologies for improving performance.

About Blueprint
Founded in 2004, Blueprint develops requirements definition and management (RDM) software. With its best-in-class RDM solution, Blueprint helps companies get complex software and IT project requirements right from the start. Blueprint solves many of the time-consuming, costly, and error-prone elements of defining requirements, ensuring that mission critical projects are completed on time and budget. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Blueprint has global sales, operations and partner presence. Visit: http://www.blueprintsys.com.

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GPS2014 Attendees Examine Shared Services—Post OMB-Treasury Announcement

Treasury officials discuss next steps after Friday’s announcement.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 05, 2014

Just four days after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the designation of four shared services financial management providers, Federal agency experts come together at the 14th annual Government Performance Summit (GPS2014) to discuss the successful use of the shared-services model.

Amid the government mandate to stop building costly, agency-specific systems, OMB and Treasury named four vendors that would provide core accounting and other services to Federal agencies.

Elizabeth Angerman, Director, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation, Department of the Treasury joins:

  •     Bill McCabe, CFO, Program Support Center, Department of Health and Human Services
  •     Peter Moore, Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Department of Treasury
  •     Joseph Ward, Jr., Director, Interior Business Center, U.S. Department of the Interior

 

“It’s with the warmest of welcomes that the Government Performance Summit brings together this distinguished panel of Treasury officials and Shared Services Providers to discuss this important initiative and how shared services providers are helping provide value across government,” explains Diane Denholm, Policy Director, The Performance Institute, and moderator of the session. “These notable officials are leading the way as we pursue initiatives to streamline the way government delivers services internally, with a particular focus on the core administrative and financial functions that are common across the government.”

About the 14th annual Government Performance Summit

GPS2014 is presented this year by The Performance Institute (http://www.performanceinstitute.org) and the Association of Government Accountants (https://www.agacgfm.org ). The event brings together professionals who are leading the way in finance and performance within their federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. Get more information about GPS2014 by visitinghttp://www.governmentperformance.org.

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Members of Performance Improvement Council to Attend GPS2014

Federal Agency and Department PIOs and Senior OMB Officials to Discuss the Future of Performance

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 24, 2014

The 14th annual Government Performance Summit (GPS2014) is proud to announce that members of the Performance Improvement Council (PIC) are set to attend in order to collaborate, discuss future goals, and examine current performance issues. Discussing the future direction of research and goals at the May event, as well as hearing from performance professionals about challenges and opportunities will allow the PIC to further its work of collaboration and research.

PIC is an inter-agency body that supports cross-agency collaboration and best practice sharing. Established under Executive Order 13450 in 2007 and codified in law under the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, members of the council work to advances and expands the practice of performance improvement. Those members already committed to attend are Jeffrey Press, PIC, Office of Executive Councils and Asma Mirza, performance manager, Office of Management and Budget.

“It is an extreme honor for GPS2014 to host members of the PIC,” explains Jon Desenberg, policy director, The Performance Institute. “The PIC facilitates information exchange among agencies—so it is fitting to have these distinguished performance policy makers on hand to talk about how to assess opportunities; in what way can an agency and program accelerate performance improvements; as well as the future direction of performance within the Federal space.”

About the 14th annual Government Performance Summit
GPS2014 is presented this year by The Performance Institute (http://www.performanceinstitute.org) and the Association of Government Accountants (https://www.agacgfm.org). The event brings together professionals who are leading the way in finance and performance within their federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. Get more information about GPS2014 by visitinghttp://www.governmentperformance.org.

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GPS2014 Panel to Examine Performance through Enterprise Architecture and Requirements Management

Experts to Discuss what’s Necessary for Performance Success

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) April 23, 2014

The 14th Annual Government Performance Summit (GPS2014) is proud to announce that leaders from Veteran Affairs, the Coast Guard, Patent and Trademark Office, and the Office of Naval Intelligence will gather in Washington D.C. on May 7 to discuss and share best practices for establishing Enterprise Architecture and Requirements Management to achieve optimal performance measures while maintaining government-wide mission-critical operating standards.

Presenters are:

  •     Greg Giddens, Executive Director, Enterprise Program Management Office, Veterans Affairs
  •     Tom Michelli, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
  •     Eric Smith, Collaborative Services Division—Office of the CIO, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  •     Ian Fowlie, Director, Joint Production Management Office, Office of Naval Intelligence
  •     Matthew Hause, Atego and Co-Chair of the DoDAF/MODAF Working Group

 

This highly distinguished panel will bring together, for the first time, federal, military, and industry leaders whose organizations maintain a high level of performance while sustaining daily operations. “With the first round of sequestration behind us, and with the federal deficit doubling to more than $16B since 2007, corporations and agencies across our markets are being challenged to do more with less,” explains CTO of Robbins Gioia, Christopher Heath, who will moderate the GPS2014 panel. “The need for integrating Enterprise Architecture with comprehensive requirements management principles can ensure that we achieve a higher level of organizational performance for not only the tax payers, but more importantly, for those men and women serving and fighting overseas.”

About the 14th annual Government Performance Summit
GPS2014 is presented this year by The Performance Institute (http://www.performanceinstitute.org) and the Association of Government Accountants (https://www.agacgfm.org ). The event brings together professionals who are leading the way in finance and performance within their federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. Get more information about GPS2014 by visitinghttp://www.governmentperformance.org.

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Cross Agency Panel to Examine Performance and Cybersecurity in Wake of Heartbleed

GPS2014 Session Looks at Cybersecurity Goals, Measurement, and Performance

Alexandria, Va (PRWEB) April 22, 2014

The 14th annual Government Performance Summit (GPS2014) is proud to announce Chief Information Security Officers from the Department of Commerce, Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will meet in May to examine where federal agencies stand when it comes to accurately measuring security posture, establishing meaningful performance goals for cybersecurity, and justifying security budgets.

This session comes in the wake of the discovery of one of the most significant cyber vulnerabilities in recent memory —Heartbleed— which compromised the security and integrity of communications across the Internet. In light of these serious and widespread issues, how do Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) understand risk and prioritize remediation? What’s more, how do they go beyond the security and IT realm to communicate urgency to mission leaders and justify investment in cybersecurity? How can the administration’s Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals help Government CISOs to build a more effective cybersecurity program?

These questions and more will be discussed in Washington D.C. on May 6 with:

  •     Rod Turk, Director, Office of Cybersecurity, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
  •     Dave Otto, PMP, MCSE, Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Performance Management, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Network Resilience
  •     Tom DeBiase, Acting Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  •     Christopher Farrow, Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

 

The panel will bring together for the first time Cyber Chiefs to communicate directly to the front line of government performance and financial management. “At no time has cybersecurity been more in the headlines than it is right now; however, organizations continue to struggle to understand cyber risk and how to measure success. The CAP Goals help agencies to focus attention on key areas which will help to make systems more resistant to attack. But given the dynamic nature of threats the communication of cyber risk and ongoing adapting of defenses must be a consistent effort that spans all levels of leadership,” stated Alma R. Cole, Robbins Gioia’s Vice President of Cybersecurity and GPS2014 panel moderator.

About the 14th annual Government Performance Summit
GPS2014 is presented this year by The Performance Institute (http://www.performanceinstitute.org) and the Association of Government Accountants (https://www.agacgfm.org ). The event brings together professionals who are leading the way in finance and performance within their federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. Get more information about GPS2014 by visitinghttp://www.governmentperformance.org.

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GPS2014 Panel Examines Performance through Local and State Data

Mid-Atlantic StatNet to Discuss What’s Necessary for Performance Success

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

The 14th annual Government Performance Summit (GPS2014) is proud to announce leadership from Mid-Atlantic StatNet will gather in May to discuss local government performance. The panel will examine state and local data issues allowing attendees to learn from industry experts and network with regional peers.

Montgomery County Stat Manager David Gottesman will join Sam Abed, Secretary, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, and Matt Power, Director, Maryland StateStat, at GPS2014 in Washington D.C. on May 6.

“In today’s data rich environment, Mid-Atlantic StatNet is being formed by local jurisdictions from all over the region to truly take advantage of everyone’s best practice in performance improvement,” says Gregg Useem, Performance Improvement Officer, City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Following GPS2014, the group will hold its “Mid-Atlantic StatNet Conference” on May 8—first covering Big Data, and then examining how proven state and local benchmarks and performance management practices can improve building services, fire protection, library services, and many other local government business areas. The day-long event of this innovative member-based organization will feature a facilitated review and discussion of specific data, trends, and challenges with more than 30 local jurisdictions from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. All interested jurisdictions are free to register. (http://www.performanceinstitute.org)

GPS2014 and Mid-Atlantic StatNet
GPS2014 is presented this year by The Performance Institute and the Association of Government Accountants. The event brings together professionals who are leading the way in budget and performance management within their federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. Get more information about GPS2014 by visiting http://www.governmentperformance.org.

Learn More about Mid-Atlantic StatNet on their website (http://www.mastatnet.org/) or register for the May 8 meeting at https://www.cvent.com/events/mid-atlantic-statnet-conference/registration-078dd1b570e54677aa2a63d5fd3ac909.aspx.

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Helping Agencies Measure Security Posture and Establish Meaningful Cybersecurity Performance Goals

Meet Alma R. Cole, The Performance Institute’s 2014 Fellow

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

The Performance Institute (PI) is very proud to announce Alma R. Cole as a 2014 Performance Fellow. Cole, a senior leader with vast experience managing cybersecurity organizations within the Department of Homeland Security, is named as PI’s Cybersecurity Fellow.

“Given our dependence on technology at no time has cybersecurity been more important or more in the headlines; however, organizations continue to struggle to understand and manage cyber risk. The dynamic nature of cyber threats and vulnerabilities require ongoing adaptation of defenses. The best of breed technologies should be combined with processes and procedures which are optimized for each individual organization so that cyber risk management activities are integrated into the lifeblood of the organization,” says Cole.

PI Fellows provide thought leadership, strategic direction, and hands-on expertise in expanding the Institute’s work; advancing its mission to meet the critical issues and challenges facing organizations and governments.

“Mr. Cole supports and participates in the Council on Cyber Security,” explains PI’s Executive Director, Bruce Anich. “ He is a key participant on the panel that was responsible for updating the Critical Security Controls and helped to facilitate sessions with The Performance Institute. We at PI are extremely excited to have Mr. Cole help us support the use of the Critical Security Controls as a Framework Profile to support organizations that are adopting the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

Cole, who served as the Chief Systems Security Officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Department of Homeland Security, says, “I am extremely honored to join PI as a 2014 fellow. Recent years have seen an alarming rise in cyber threat activity designed to disrupt our country’s critical infrastructure and steal sensitive information from both the U.S. government and private sector. My goal is to help organizations address these challenges with an effective and comprehensive cyber strategy and develop strategic priorities and architectures to provide resiliency against cyber attacks and espionage.”

Find out more about The Performance Institute Fellows: http://www.performanceinstitute.org/fellows/.

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