Telling our story, before someone else tells it for us.

OMB’s report on the cost of the Federal Shutdown was full of dramatic evidence about what the Federal government does for the country and the economic impact of all of that work. Why then did so many members of Congress and quite a few citizens seem to discount or even embrace halting this important work? There are many explanations, but from a performance management and reporting perspective, perhaps it’s time we hold the mirror up to ourselves. Why does it take a partisan battle and public outrage to coax the White House into releasing a clear, concise and heavily publicized report on government outcomes and impacts?

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