Managing for Social Change: Improving Labor Department Performance in a Partisan Era
59 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 25, 2015
This article tells the story of the successful effort to turn around the Labor Department’s performance during the first five years of the Obama Administration. The Labor Department leadership team, largely chosen for its policy expertise rather than any management experience, used common-sense performance measurement and management to improve workers’ lives and the nation’s economy. The article critiques the two principal laws that purport to structure and guide the executive branch’s performance planning and explains how the Labor Department succeeded in improving its performance despite these laws and Congress’ lack of interest in implementing them or holding agencies accountable for compliance or good performance. The article also offers a reform agenda for improving federal government performance both through congressional action and activist stakeholder engagement.
Keywords: Labor Department, government, government performance, performance, performance measurement, performance management, GPRA, Obama, measure, metrics, data driven, government reform
JEL Classification: H10, H11, H19, K31, M10, M11, M12, M14
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