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

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

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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.

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

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